Himalaya

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July 11, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

In Himalaya, a village leader dies in an accident while on a trading expedition in the harsh mountains of Nepal, and a struggle ensues not only over who should succeed him, but also over how modern practicality can coexist with ancient culture. As a heroic fable, the story itself is unexceptional; Disney would title it ”The Yak King.”

As a travelogue, however, this peaceful film by French director Eric Valli, nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1999, is pretty in a respectful, National Geographic sort of way, tuneful with a pasteurized world beat, and momentarily even a true cliff hanger: In an attempt to save time while leading a yak caravan, the dead man’s stubborn old father chooses a terrifyingly narrow mountain path on which one wrong step would mean a plunge to death. No body doubles were employed.

Himalaya

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104 minutes
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