In Khyentse Norbu’s “Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache,” a Nepalese entrepreneur searches for non secular enlightenment, hoping to avert a deadly prophecy. Looking 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 known as a dakini.
The writer-director Norbu, a Buddhist non secular chief making his fifth characteristic, presents Tenzin as a hip trendy man in bluejeans with a large smile that vanishes as quickly as he has to hunt self-awareness. The cozy streets of Kathmandu grow to be 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 might be proper beneath 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 folks 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 fallacious, or dwelling on the lead’s desultory performing. Still, no less than for the uninitiated, the drift of the filmmaking appeared to fall in need of the transcendence envisioned by its story.
Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache
Not rated. In Tibetan and Nepali, with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 53 minutes. Watch through virtual cinemas.