Little Buddha

1993

Action / Drama

36
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 65%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6 10 13478

Synopsis


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Cast

Keanu Reeves as Siddhartha
Bridget Fonda as Lisa Conrad
Chris Isaak as Dean Conrad
Jo Champa as Maria
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by frenchadam 6 / 10

Lovely film

My older brother brought this movie for me for a present when i was young and it taught me a lot about self sacrifice and following your heart to what ever end. Many lessons to be seen in the film if you choose to see them. A must watch.

Reviewed by mirasukurova 8 / 10

Beautiful scenes

Film response by Mira Sukurova on "Little Buddha". The film "Little Buddha" has two layers. One is telling the magnificent life story of Buddha which happened 2500 years ago. This is the base myth of the Buddhism. The other layer is the story of an American boy, who supposedly is a reincarnation of the sacred teacher of the Buddhist Lama. I think the creators of the movie have done a good job telling the Buddhist story adjusting it for the viewers with non-Buddhist way of thinking. The scenes about the life of Buddha and his enlightenment story are very beautiful and pleasant to watch. They represent the thinking and philosophy of the Buddhist religion. It beautifully teaches the ideas of compassion to other people, need for balance rather than extremes and impermanence. Concerning the last, I especially liked the scene with mandala, when they do the painstaking work of drawing the mandala with the sand, and brushing it off at the end. The film tries to show the parallels between the worldviews of an American family and Buddhist monks, presenting the non-acceptance of a boy's father at the beginning. However, I think the misunderstanding between the two cultures and belief systems was not shown as a real picture. This is why, the real part of the film looked very unnatural. The parents, especially mother, seemed to easily accept and believe to what random strange Tibetan monks said. The filmmakers should have developed a weighted reasoning behind such unquestioning trust. On the other hand, the choice of the colors was very successful in order to show the difference between the materialistic, rational West and the spiritual, mystical East. All American scenes were colored in cold blue and grey, while parts in the Kingdom Buthan were colored in bright vivid curcumin color. I did not quite understand the ending of the film, when all three of the kids turned out to be the reincarnated versions of the Lama Dorji's passed away teacher. It was very unexpected for me, a s I thought that creatures can reincarnate in one body, living think or as they call it, a container. However, it was a nice idea to put together three children with three absolutely different backgrounds- a Kathmandu homeless kid, a noble Indian girl and an ordinary American boy. The idea of the equality between all of them that the authors were trying to show is very teaching. The film seems to be very kind, light and thought-provoking from the beginning till the end. It teaches the basic Buddha story that most of us know without any deep original thoughts. It also teaches the philosophy of life. The film resembles a kind cautionary tale for the kids, and at some points becomes a little boring to watch. The speed could have been made a little higher. All in all, it was a very pleasant film to watch- light and abounding with many beautiful breath-taking scenes. The main actor, Keanu Reeves, looked very good in his role of Buddha, and I did not even recognize him at first. However, there was one scene with him that I did not like- his weird mockery smile when God Mara was incapable of defeating him. I don't really think Buddha would have acted like this. But overall, he has done a good job portraying Buddha.

Reviewed by aisultanzhumabek 8 / 10

Something which we need... maybe

In my opinion, making the film for a broad audience on religious bases is tremendously hard, however, it is achievable with experienced crew and actors. The outstanding work with the camera and choosing right soundtracks, which is almost identical with your feelings, and, most importantly, structured and well-mixed plot made "Little Buddha" piece of art in French film-making industry. Despite that film did not recoup itself and got several negative responses from critics, Bernardo Bertolucci made a great effort to think about our pathway to enlightenment through parallel story of Lama Norbu's important mission and Siddharta's story. The key element of each film is the creating specialty in the plot, and, in our case, it is parallelism. During the watch time, you feel that film tries to show the correlation between the historical chronology of Siddharta's life and Jesse's trip to the Tibet. The first example could be affinity of Dean's rejection and not believe into the specialty of his son and the King's dissatisfaction with words of astrology, who claimed that newborn boy would not be a king, as King had wished. Secondly, scenes of Siddharta's discovering another reality, such as poverty, illness, and old-age, have even more similarities with the moment when Jesse tries to catch up Raju's brother. For example, buildings, which are placed in identical places; people with rotating tools, which I suppose are used to mill the rice of another grain; and, most importantly, discovering a process of pot-making. Basing on these facts, we may assume that Mr. Bertolucci tried to show a present-day pathway to the nirvana through the connection among stories of Siddharta and Jesse. Another critical part of the film is the quality of the image and sound. Professionality of operators and designers could be tracked with the picked atmospheres for different scenes. For example, the flashback sights with Siddharta's story are expressing warm atmosphere of ancient South-East Asia through rightly chosen temples, rich and colorful costume design and other details in the background. Meanwhile, the sadness and hopelessness in Conrad's family are shown through the cold and obscure image with the big amount of emptiness in the house. All these scenes are accompanying with Mr. Sakamoto's compositions, which express exact feelings of the viewer and by that, adding the right tune to the atmosphere. Furthermore, the smooth flow from Siddharta's life story to Jesse's adventure and vice versa is always keeping viewers' attention on both storylines, which definitely supplements the plot. To conclude with, despite that the "Little Buddha" is based on the essential history of Buddhism and closely related with it, the film is worthy for a broad audience, because of its way of expressing some important thoughts about consciousness in the modern world.

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