Senses of Cinema
Tharlo, from acclaimed Tibetan writer-director Pema Tseden (Old Dog), follows its eponymous protagonist, a shepherd with a remarkable memory, as he makes a rare visit to a nearby town to obtain a government-issued ID card. While there, he enters into a tentative romance with a young hairdresser that leads him to reconsider his austere, solitary existence.
Anchored by engaging, understated performances from its two leads, Tharlo is at once a deft character study and a philosophical meditation on the nature of personal and geographical identity. Its elegant, two-part structure reflects the fundamental duality of a Tibetan culture poised halfway between tradition and modernity, while Tseden's rigorous, geometric compositions, lensed in gleaming black-and-white, and masterful use of off-screen sound lend both its urban and rural landscapes a quiet, lyrical grace.
Based on his own novel, Tharlo is one of Pema Tseden's most accomplished works to date, a slow burn exploration of loneliness, marginalization and the quest for identity.
Directed by Pema Tseden, China, 2015, 123 mins. In Tibetan and Mandarin with English subtitles.
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