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The Sweet Requiem

2018, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, Tibet, 91 min.
With Tenzin Dolker, Jampa Kaisang Tamang

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Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 8th 4:15pm
  • Fri, Nov 8th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Nov 9th 6:15pm
  • Sun, Nov 10th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Nov 11th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 12th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 13th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Nov 14th 8:15pm
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"An urgent but understated drama. The film puts its points across with a delicacy and sobriety rare in moviemaking."—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

"One of the rare films that works equally well as a thriller, a tragedy, and an advocacy film."—Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

A harrowing adventure tale and a probing/tense psychological drama are played out against the background of Tibet's political struggle in this gripping film, the second fictional feature (along with over 20 documentaries) by the husband-wife team Sarin and Sonam (DREAMING LHASA). The narrative interweaves two different timelines. The first, set in the present, centers on Dolkar (Dolker), a 26-year-old Tibetan woman living in the Tibetan exile community in North Delhi, India. The second, taking place 18 years earlier, details the tragedy-haunted trek Dolkar and her father made with a group seeking to flee Chinese persecution. Effectively contrasting the cramped alleys of Delhi with the vast reaches of the high Himalayas, the two sides come together when Dolkar recognizes Gompo (Tamang), a refugee activist recently arrived in Delhi, as the guide who abandoned her and her father on that fateful journey. Thoughts of revenge prompt her to follow Gompo, but the truths she uncovers prove to be more complex than she expected. In Tibetan with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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