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  • Summary: The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most westerners to grasp. Unmistaken Child follows the 4-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84. The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk's devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa (who had been in his service since the age of seven), to search for his master's reincarnation. (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Expand
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  1. 90
    Unmistaken Child stands above most others in offering us an intimate look at Tibetan Buddhism in action, with no external commentary or narration.
  2. Its privileged glimpse deep into unfamiliar spiritual territory has the strength of revelation.
  3. Films that address faith and love as eloquently as this moving 2008 documentary are rare.
  4. 75
    Baratz’s apparent willingness to accept everything at face value papers over some of the more troubling aspects of Tenzin’s mission, but Unmistaken Child allows the mysteries of the process to be preserved without judgment.
  5. Seldom has a film presented such a richly ambiguous juxtaposition of modernity (among the toys showered on the boy is a really cool radio-controlled helicopter), ancient mindset and, to be sure, possible miraculousness.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Zak
    70
    Unmistaken Child: adorable, moving, bewildering, sad and, ultimately, peaceful.
  7. 40
    Who knew reincarnation could be such a lovely snooze?

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