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Monday, August 3, 2009

Unmistaken Child-the Movie

The Story of Tenzin Zopa's Search for the Reincarnation of his Master

Unmistaken Child is a wonderful movie. Many of us have heard the stories of the search for the Dalai Lama. It involved dreams, prophecies, and a test involving objects belonging to the previous Dalai Lama. But you don't hear too often about modern searches for masters' rebirths. And when you do, sometimes it's hard to imagine. This movie takes you on the journey of Tenzin Zopa, a Tibetan monk who spent most of his life serving his master, Geshe Lama Konchog. When Lama Konchog died, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked him to search for the new incarnation. You get to see every emotion on Tenzin Zopa's face as he accepts this overwhelming job. After consulting with high lamas and even a Buddhist astrologer, Tenzin Zopa travels to the region he was born in to find likely one-and-a-half-year-old Tibetan boys.

I won't give away much, but the relationship that develops between the incarnate child and his devoted disciple is really heartwarming and funny. He calls him "Big Uncle", and Tenzin Zopa slowly assumes more and more responsibility for the boy's care and upbringing. The scene where the boy gets his head shaved for the first time is both sad and sweet.

It's a terrific movie about reincarnation, something that seems very foreign to Western culture. By the end of it I was engrossed and deeply touched.

The filming was beautiful, it was edited very well, and I think anyone would enjoy it.

And the website, with an interesting discussion of reincarnation.

Showtimes in the U.S. are here.

For some reason, maybe the heat, I saw a movie almost every night last week. And this is the one that stuck with me and moved me the most. It's a real feel-good movie. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll remember it. If you see only one movie this summer...this would be my choice.


Jan said...

Wonderful post. Thank you for telling us about this movie. I can't wait to see it and guess what? It's coming to my town in December. Yes!

Laura said...

That's great! You'll enjoy it.