Seven Years in Tibet

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Released 1997

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Director:
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
Seven Years in Tibet is a drama that relates the story of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's (Brad Pitt) time spent in the Himalayan kingdom. Nazi SS Officer Heinrich Harrer leaves his family to pursue a climbing expedition in the Himalayan Mountains just before the outbreak of World War II. Before he can reach Tibet, however, he is captured by Allied forces and held as a prisoner of war in India. After several years, Harrer is able to escape with friend Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis) and again makes his way for Tibet. When the men arrive, Aufschnaiter settles down with a wife, while Harrer strikes up an unlikely friendship with the young Dalai Lama (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk). As the years pass, Harrer grows from an arrogant military officer into a humble man calmed by the peaceful teachings of the Dalai Lama. When a new military threat from China endangers his new home, Harrer is forced to choose between returning home to Austria or staying to defend Tibet.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Beyond his struggles with an unwieldy accent and the screenplay's hokum, Mr. Pitt gives a sincere if labored performance enhanced by a sense of genuine struggle.

  • 60

    Variety Derek Elley

    Despite some magnificent widescreen lensing, faultless ethnographic detail and a timely sympathy for the plight of the Tibetan people, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's true-life tale...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Though Pitt is as attractive as ever, "Seven Years" offers other things to look at and in fact functions better as a travelogue than as a drama.

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