Wednesday, October 18th 2017

No. 5: Little Buddha

movie posterThink of this movie as the “French Lieutenant’s Woman” of spiritual cinema in that it toggles back and forth between two stories. One narrative is set in modern-day America: the search is on for the next Dalai Lama, and monks vet a caucasion kid in Seattle who just may be The One. Those scenes are cross-cut with the historical story of Siddhartha, the 5th-century BCE Hindu prince who famously achieved enlightenment sitting under a bodhi tree, and thus, became the founding figure of Buddhism. Directed byItalian master Bernardo Bertolucci (“Last Tango in Paris,” “1900,” “The Last Emperor”), and lushly-filmed on location in Bhutan and Nepal, this is the part of the movie that works. The other half is so-so.

Karma points: The much-mocked acting abilities of Keanu Reeeves shine in this performance; he is flawless — indeed, practically unrecognizable — as Siddhartha.

Check it out yourself: Little Buddha

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