July 18, 2003 | 2h 18m
A young Tibetan monk is torn between his monastic life and the wife and child he loves. Tashi is a dedicated Buddhist monk, who has almost reached a state of enlightenment. Then he leaves the monastery to succumb to worldly temptations. After all, he reasons, Buddha also spent 29 years getting to know the temptations of life before he turned his back on them. Tashi goes from one extreme to the other. He wants to experience everything: sex, unfaithfulness, treachery, fatherhood, passion and misery.
- Shawn Ku Winner for the 2002 AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival for Special Mention For Performance By An Actor