Kundun

Synopsis: The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since.
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Production: Buena Vista Internationa
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
74
Rotten Tomatoes:
76%
PG-13
Year:
1997
134 min
542 Views


CLOSE on the face of a sleeping child: a boy, LHAMO

DHONDRUP, age two and one-half years. He is dreaming. He

is about to wake up.

Today, his life will change.

We stay on the boy's face until, slowly, his eyes open -

beautiful, dark, eyes.

INT. TIBETAN PEASANT HOME, KITCHEN DAWN (1937)

The MOTHER walks past the boy, her woolen skirt swaying in

the rosy light. A seven year-old brother - LOBSANG SAMTEN -

and a teenage sister - TSERING DOLMA - share Lhamo's kitchen

mattress. Lhamo looks at them, and then he turns to see the

heavy felt boots of his FATHER, as the man walks through the

room and out the door. Lhamo finds the kind face of his

MOTHER. She is looking at him.

EXT. COURTYARD DAWN

The boy walks across the stone courtyard as we hear the

sounds of this country morning: the snorting of horses,

clucking of hens, a command from the Father as the man feeds

the animals.

The boy scratches, he pees. He sees his Mother on the roof.

She is a silhouette against the dawn, as she feeds cedar and

yak chips into the incense burner - sending white, curly

smoke up, to circle the prayer flag and its clusters of

printed mantras.

We pull back as the spotted dog begins to bark.

Lhamo's house is the house in the vision.

INT. KITCHEN MORNING

It is a good day. There is cheese for breakfast.

Lhamo's Father sits on a cushion at the head of a low table.

Fresh bread appears, yogurt, roasted barley (tsampa).

Lhamo pushes at his Father.

LHAMO:

Me.

FATHER:

No. This must stop.

LHAMO:

Me. Here.

FATHER:

I am the father. You sit there.

LHAMO:

Me here.

MOTHER:

What is the harm?

FATHER:

He will grow up all wrong.

Only you can serve him,

only you can wash his bowl.

Too tidy, everything just so.

He must know his place.

LOBSANG SAMTEN:

He thinks he is king here.

No respect.

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Melissa Mathison

Melissa Marie Mathison was an American film and television screenwriter and an activist for Tibetan freedom. more…

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