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Seven Years in Tibet

Brevitas

By Lynn Y. Lee

A gorgeous, half-successful epic gives much-needed public visibility to the tragic modern history of Tibet, but opts for glossy formulaic packaging over genuine emotional resonance, even in the central relationship between Brad Pitt's Austrian mountaineer and the young Dalai Lama. Pitt is ludicrously out of place--a Hollywood heartthrob trying to look spiritual and attempting a dreadful accent. The film actually becomes more dramatically compelling as his character fades in prominence, though it's amusing to watch his narcissism get deflated.

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