Evaluation: The road to enlightenment passes through Google
As intriguing and distinctive as its quirky title, “Looking for a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache, ” through Bhutan-born filmmaker Khyentse Norbu , takes a gently satirical, poetically positive approach to one man’s spiritual awakening.
Decided on serve the best coffee within Kathmandu, tenacious entrepreneur Tenzin (Tsering Tashi Gyalthang) will be distracted from his search for the ideal cafe location by a series of increasingly disturbing visions, compelling him to seek the guidance of a young seer (Tulku Ngawang).
Always wearing sunglasses plus headphones and known to consult “omniscient Google” on his trusty iPad, Monk Oracle fingers Tenzin a frightening medical diagnosis: He has but a week left to live unless he can look for a mysterious entity called the “dakini, ” in particular the particular titular one with the fangs and moustache and possibly a 3rd eye, to whom he’d make a special offering in order to lift the curse.
In the course of his quest, Tenzin becomes untethered from Facebook and Instagram along with other creeping Western trappings, allowing him to ultimately get in touch to his spiritual roots.
Himself a Tibetan/Bhutanese lama, Norbu refrains through implementing a heavy hand, integrating droll, existential dialogue and Tom Waits on the East-meets-West soundtrack to Himalayan Jim Jarmusch effect.
Recruiting a cast composed of genuine nonprofessionals and the abilities of Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee-Ping Bing ( “In the Mood just for Love” ), in whose visuals capture a lyrical interplay between dust and light, Norbu charts an inspired, fittingly meditative journey to enlightenment.
‘Looking to get a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache’
In Nepali and English with English subtitles
Operating time: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Playing: Starts April 9, Laemmle Virtual Movie theater