Travelers and Magicians

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13

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  1. JennieL.
    Jan 23, 2005
    10
    I loved this film. i found it inspiring and moving and revealing more levels on every viewing. it gives the appearance of being (and is)a light-hearted comedy with acute fellow-feeling and observation of humans in love,in jealousy,and in confusion and dissatisfaction. For one of the Bhutanese heroes the US is his Shangri-La,whereas for us (US) that Shangri-La may seem to be Bhutan,with I loved this film. i found it inspiring and moving and revealing more levels on every viewing. it gives the appearance of being (and is)a light-hearted comedy with acute fellow-feeling and observation of humans in love,in jealousy,and in confusion and dissatisfaction. For one of the Bhutanese heroes the US is his Shangri-La,whereas for us (US) that Shangri-La may seem to be Bhutan,with its pristine scenery treated with ecological respect and its humane ethics and priority on 'gross national happiness.' A heart-warming film that touches unexpectedly deep places and is more subtle and profound than it first appears. it may change the way you see things. on the other hand,you may just sit back and enjoy it!please do!:) it is a film with heart,and we look forward to many more from its unique Bhutanese director,Khyentse Norbu,and wish that he is granted the finances to express his compassionate and unusual vision,partly informed by his lifelong training in and familiarity with Buddhism,but in no way constrained by that. Expand
  2. YesheL.
    Jan 27, 2005
    10
    One of the best films that I have seen in recent years.
  3. tonyj.
    May 23, 2005
    7
    This movie has too much thought put into it, compared to the cup, which was much more light hearted. my feeling is khyntse obviously is torn between east and west, and uses film to express his ambiguity to both cultures.its easy to knock western culture once youve experienced it yourself, but when you can earn a months pay for one days apple picking in the u.s.a.
  4. ChadS.
    Mar 31, 2006
    9
    For a Buddhist film, it's sort of funny that the reason seemingly given for the budding globetrotter to leave Bhutan is to de-virginize a barely legal village girl. But all kidding aside, "Travellers and Magicians" casts a spell, or rather, the storytelling monk is doing the spell-casting when he's doing the allegory thing for his fellow traveller. The filmmaker wittily links For a Buddhist film, it's sort of funny that the reason seemingly given for the budding globetrotter to leave Bhutan is to de-virginize a barely legal village girl. But all kidding aside, "Travellers and Magicians" casts a spell, or rather, the storytelling monk is doing the spell-casting when he's doing the allegory thing for his fellow traveller. The filmmaker wittily links his two storylines together with a clever example of reincarnation just to let us know that there's more than one religion in this world. Expand
  5. TonyS.
    Nov 17, 2005
    9
    Deceptively simple -- it knocks on the door of your unconscious and goes straight for the basement. That's a loop way of saying that much more happens in the depths than is evident on the surface. Colossal soundtrack to boot with the overtone singing.
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Visually accomplished and loads of fun.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    Although writer-director Khientse Norbu breaks no ground in unfolding two parallel stories about young men seeking fresh horizons, he creates believable characters -- and has the great benefit of living in a country that provides seldom-seen locations at the top of the world.
  3. The (mild) intrigue of Travellers & Magicians is that its central figure, Dondup (Tshewang Dendup), rolls his eyes at Buddhist karma.