Valley of Flowers (La Vallée des fleurs) is a 2006 French-German-Indian Independent Film directed by Pan Nalin of Samsara fame. This is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, it is beautiful, catchy, passionate, and spiritual. I think that it is unfortunately not known at large. I feel that writing about it, is revealing enough to spoil the surprise.
[source of all pics: imdb]
It is an adventurous romantic drama, it is a love story of at least two centuries, started at the beginnings of the nineteenth century and continuing in modern times. You see, it’s already revealing, it implies reincarnation and other spiritual beliefs to reveal its grave complexity. It is specified in the movie credits that it was inspired from a book by Alexandra David-Néel, a traveler to Tibet, India, Sikkim, and Vietnam. She was born in 1868 and died in 1969. I haven’t read yet any of her books, but I have a pretty good idea of what she wrote to inspire Pan Nalin and the others.
After reading at least one of her books, I’m sure I’ll make another post if necessary.
This is a beautiful story about life, love, and adventure. Talking about adventure, the movie is about what one can expect from an adventurous life. What do you like more? Money, power, love, or something maybe that can give you everything you’ll ever imagine to want. What makes you tick? It’s wonderful.
There’s a bunch of brigands, of caravan thieves haunting the old silk roads between China and the rest of the world, in the Himalayas. As a matter of fact, this is the movie filmed for the first time at those kind of high altitudes. You have just to find it and watch it. If you have some knowledge in Buddhist beliefs or techniques, it’s even better, otherwise, it’s like Samsara, the other famous movie directed by Pan Nalin, a very beautiful story (of life and love, of course), understandable in any cultural position you may be when watching it.
Valley of Flowers was written by Pan Nalin, Sarah Besan Shennib and Anurag Kashyap. It was directed by Pan Nalin and it stars a mix of wonderful actors. First is the Scottish of Indian origin, Milind Soman, the main character, Jalan. Second is Mylène Jampanoï, a French-Chinese actress. Third is the famous Indian Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding – 2001, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – 2003). The fourth is a beautiful Japanese model named Eri. I don’t say more about her, because you have to discover yourself everything by watching the movie.
If the philosophical concept is ancient, the approach is modern. You’ll see why.
It has been released in 2006, it has 155 minutes, and the obvious fact that it was an independent movie without a noisy promotion, it has just a rate of 7 out of 10 on imdb, with less than two thousand votes. It deserved more, believe me. It can be by far a movie in the imdb top 250 of best of all times.
The trailer is too spoiling, but if you haven’t watched the movie yet, you deserve it.
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