In Khyentse Norbu’s “Searching for a Woman with Fangs and a Moustache,” a Nepalese entrepreneur searches for non secular enlightenment, hoping to avert a deadly prophecy. Seeking to arrange a brand new cafe, Tenzin (Tsering Tashi Gyalthang) sees unnerving visions after scouting an deserted temple. With mounting concern, he follows the gnomic options of a Buddhist monk in shades and a grasp sage, who insists that he discover a goddess manifest on earth, often called a dakini.
The author-director Norbu, a Buddhist non secular chief making his fifth function, presents Tenzin as a hip fashionable man in bluejeans with a large smile that vanishes as quickly as he has to hunt self-awareness. The comfortable streets of Kathmandu turn into like a spot with out a map to Tenzin as he scans passing strangers for indicators of divine femininity and leaves his enterprise companions within the lurch. There’s a slight narrative echo of romantic comedy because the monk and the grasp sage feed him ideas and ritual gestures, and it seems the lady he seeks may very well be proper underneath his nostril, within the type of a singer (Tenzin Kunsel) from his music classes.
Mark Lee Ping Bing, Wong Kar-wai’s magic-making cinematographer, shoots phantasmic riverbanks and saturated vistas of the countryside. As I scanned the sights and other people together with Tenzin, I started to fret that I used to be lacking one thing too, questioning if I used to be studying the indicators mistaken, or dwelling on the lead’s desultory appearing. Nonetheless, at the least for the uninitiated, the drift of the filmmaking appeared to fall in need of the transcendence envisioned by its story.
Searching for a Woman with Fangs and a Moustache
Not rated. In Tibetan and Nepali, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 53 minutes. Watch via digital cinemas.