REVIEW – The strange beauty of Bhutan is revealed in this first film, which recounts the arrival of a teacher in an establishment at 5,000 meters above sea level.
WhatsApp and Tantric Buddhism are now fighting a tough fight in Bhutan. The country deploys immense mountains that enclose an ancestral spirituality, but its youth does not look up from its cell phone, except to dream of going abroad. In this first film, director Pawo Choyning Dorji walks between the two sides of Bhutanese society by sending a teacher, not to Australia where he would like to immigrate to become a singer, but to the most remote village in the country at 5000 meters above sea level. . A form of sanction for his lack of enthusiasm in his work.
Ugyen, that’s the name of this surly young civil servant, keeps his helmet on during the painful crossing of the mountains. He shuns the courtesy of the inhabitants who accompany him. The village, curious to see what this courageous city-dweller looks like, awaits him with great pomp. Some don’t wear shoes. Their traditional jackets enhance the beauty of their features. The awesome…