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Travellers and Magicians
This is a quiet thoughtful multi-layered movie set in Bhutan (with English subtitles). A government official has been assigned to a remote village, but he knows someone who can put him up for a job in America, where he can make a lot more money picking apples (I don't think anybody told him it would take even more to support himself here). We see his journey heading to the town where he can meet that friend, and the locations are lovely. He misses the bus and meets up with a total of four other people. One is already an apple picker, one is a monk, and two are a father and adult daughter -- from that village -- who sell rice paper. The monk tries to dissuade him from leaving and over a few days, tells them a story.
The story has an older son, the father's favorite, going to magic school where he doesn't want to be. The younger son does all the work and eavesdrops to get as much magic schooling as possible. The younger son adulterates the drink of the older son and the older son heads out on his own adventure after their donkey turns into a horse. The horse dumps him in a forest, giving him a wound, and he gets lost trying to find a place he knows. Eventually he finds an old man and his younger wife. The man wants him to go away, but he stays long enough to make the wife pregnant and then to have to kill the man. As he sees the wife in water, the older son comes out of his vision and lo! the donkey is back.
The government official considers the story -- and the lovely adult daughter -- but he's still going to America to pick apples.
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