Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Seven Years in Tibet

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, Mako, B.D. Wong
director
Jean-Jacques Annaud
author
Becky Johnston
genre
Historical, Drama

We gave it a B-

Brad Pitt, with Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy-blond hair, plays Heinrich Harrer, the Austrian mountaineer whose unlikely deep friendship with the boy Dalai Lama in the early 1940s taught the self-centered Westerner (oh, right, and Nazi storm trooper) compassion and spiritual grace. The spark of the holy flickers only fitfully in all the wind in this production, but under the direction of Jean-Jacques Annaud, the film is at its best re-creating the serene exoticism of Tibet. B-

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