The descriptions of the horses are fantastic and I enjoyed reading about their characters. The sadness and tragedy of the past would be to some degree made better if she could breed a champion stallion which would win the Melbourne Cup. Norbu is constantly wrestling with his ingrained values because acting honourably does not help his family, and behaving dishonourably brings shame on his clan and soils his name, thereby limiting future opportunities. When hunger and poverty threaten his other child, though, Norbu must return to a life of crime. To keep the clan cleansed of evil, Norbu and his family are ostracized and banished to assume the life of wanderers.
The romantic part of the story is very good. Jim and India had a passion that brought them together no matter what happened in the past. I would have liked to have seen The Horse Thief in the theater, and hear it spoken in the original Tibetan language it was dubbed into Mandarin. Indeed, the film's mystical dimension is more evident in these sweeping tableaus than in the director's more awkward efforts to capture the experience of prayer. It brings the books to life. Not only is Tian examining the element of each society that turns to crime out of necessity but how China's imperialism, even post-Mao, affects a country.
And Jim, a typical horseman, who is loyal and fearless, despite his secret reasons for coming to Helligan. Her visceral description of the magnificent thoroughbred, Jefferson, made him linger in my mind long after I closed the book. At Film Forum 1, 57 Watts Street. Her dream is to breed a Melbourne Cup winner. Forced to endure harsh conditions while living nomadically in a tent in a barren area, they pray to Buddha for help and guidance, only for Tashi to succumb to an illness that will take his innocent life. I loved the developing storyline between India and Jim, but I just found Violet so annoying. Wanting to accomplish his father's dying wish may come at a cost and could it destroy India's lifelong dream? After a second son is born, Norbu focuses his every action on keeping this child alive, seeking re-admission to the clan for his wife and child, then risking all to save them from isolation and starvation in winter.
Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder. This is the story of India Kilhampton - a strong, independent woman who has been given one year to turn the failing family property into a thriving horse stud. Finished this as the new year arrived, wasn't what I imagined - something set in today's society, lavish tales of the Melbourne Cup, high fashion etc. I can scarcely fathom the director's courage, which eventually cost him his career when Chinese censors buried his work for a decade and sent him into commercial exile. She wants their horses to matter again and to achieve that she plans to win the Melbourne Cup.
Wonderfully descriptive, the landscape was brought to life for me — Morpeth, the steamer to Sydney via Newcastle — all familiar. Highly recommend, along with any other books by the author. It's a simple plot, so basic that even at 88 minutes it might strike some as overlong, but the majesty of Tian's direction and his way of putting forth a political message with sparse dialogue makes for a masterclass in filmmaking. With thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my copy to read and review. Under the cover of darkness, he sneaks into neighbouring areas and steals horses with the intention of selling them on as quickly as possible. I feel, however, that The Horse Thief transcends specific cultural limitations and achieves a universal quality in its depiction of the importance of faith and the strength of family. I'm now looking forward to reading your book about the cedar cutter, as my forebear Charles Homer Martin was a timber cutter in the lower Blue Mountains for several decades from the mid 1820s.
Even though Jim and India don't know exactly what happened in the past they have to deal with the consequences of the problems between their parents. Was it possible she could actually do what she had set out to achieve? Scorsese of course is the master of cinematic Catholicism, charting the ways it manifests itself variously as guilt, anger, pride and a desire for redemption. This film has no rating. And when Jim Mawgan arrived regarding the position, she knew his knowledge of horses and what the job entailed made him the perfect candidate. In this case, the setting is the harsh, barren landscape of Tibet, which on film has a stark beauty not unlike the landscapes of American westerns. I thoroughly enjoyed The Horse Thief and have no hesitation in recommending it highly.
Norbu and his family leave the clan but do not renounce their faith. Images of harsh landscapes, vultures, and prayer wheels carry a virtually wordless narrative. Her excitement and passion was intense… But Jim had an ulterior motive; one that he had no intention of telling India or any of the Kilhampton family. I liked it a lot. One shows the clan praying to the mountain God, asking their deity to bless and protect them by showering the landscape with quivers purchased from Hui Muslim traders who are keen to profit from Tibetan beliefs. Jim and India discover they share a common goal but as the secrets of the past unravel old enmities surface. The stark, forbidding beauty of ''The Horse Thief'' makes it a worthy choice for a program like this.
I'm now looking forward to reading your book about the cedar cutter, as my forebear Charles Homer Martin was a timber c As an avid researcher of colonial Australian history, and writer of non-fiction family histories, I found this well-written story appealing, engaging and believable in its time and place setting and characterisation. Jean-Luc Shimizu I hope you can reply to this, Jake. But gradually the secrets of a long ago past rose up, threatening to engulf them all. Images of harsh landscapes, vultures, and prayer wheels carry a virtually wordless narrative. What she doesn't know is that Jim and his family have connections with the stud and he has come back for hidden reasons.
Much of the same qualities define The Horse Thief, albeit filtered through Buddhism, not the Church. The matching attributes are highlighted in bold. Left by her father at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley with her invalid mother and sister Violet, along with the servants, India Kilhampton was determined to use the twelve months her father had granted her to make a difference to the fortunes of her home. Lots of emotional elements throughout the read that this reader relished. I thought it fitting to read this book soon after the Melbourne Cup.
. Jim Mawgan answers the ad and it seems Jim is exactly who India needs. Like the more dramatically compelling ''Wild Mountains,'' another product of the Xian Film Studio in China, ''The Horse Thief'' concentrates on a primitive way of life, and captures it with a surprising degree of sophistication. I've always been a fan of a strong woman and India Kilhampton doesn't disappoint in any way. Of course, the sense of lawlessness combined with the vicious crackdowns of a government that neither knows nor cares about the living conditions of their subjects also recalls the darker side of the Western.