Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Running time: 123 minutes
Bernard Bertolucci's third film set in a non-western location – after The Last Emperor (1987) and The Sheltering Sky (1990) – Little Buddha (1993) follows the contemporary search for the reincarnation of a recently deceased Buddhist teacher, Lama Dorje. Jesse Conrad, a young American boy living with his parents in Seattle, is thought by Tibetan monks, along with an Indian girl and a Tibetan boy, to possibly be the re-birthed great teacher. The film follows Jesse as he travels on a spiritual journey to Tibet with his father to become tested for the role, and interweaves it with the story of Prince Siddartha, later known as Buddha, (Keanu Reeves) on his journey to enlightenment. Starring Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, both of whom are Tibetan teachers identified as reborn lamas or tulkus, and filmed almost entirely in Nepal, this exquisitely beautiful film features state-of-the-art special effects and a specially composed soundtrack by Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto.
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