Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

2019 Bhutan

Screening: 8th January 2024, 110 minutes

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Young teacher Ugyen is dreaming of life abroad when he is sent to the most remote school in Bhutan. Welcomed by the village but missing westernised comforts, Ugyen starts to see the beauty around him. Utterly delightful coming of age tale with stunning scenery and a yak.

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What a delight! This heart warming and gentle film ticked every box for me. Beautiful scenery, skilled character development and a narrative that couldn’t fail to touch the hardest of hearts whist opening a window to another culture and part of the world.
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Beautiful - story, characters, scenery, children, setting, direction, pace, emotion, top of the world! Excellent.
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Excellent acting. Aspects of life.
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A lovely insight to Bhutan. Thank you.
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Lovely thought provoking story of simplicity in life and the complexity of modernity. Great film. Thank you.
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Lovely life affirming film. Liked the transition of the main character from using his mobile phone to living with just music, xxx and the simple things in life.
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Lovely film & lovely story beautifully filmed - so much better with lack of 'romance'. Teacher learned so much more than he taught.
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Who'd have thought a 10 minute drive from Pondtail and you could be totally lost in Bhutan for 2 hours!! A lovely film.
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A wonderful choice. Touched the heart! Lovely to see something so unsophisticated. PHOTOGRAPHY - MAGNIFICENT!
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Reinforced how much pleasure we can get from the simple things in life. A moving film.
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I loved this film. It made me feel quite emotional. Lovely story.
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How lovely - such a gentle film but what a message for us all. What a beautiful place - amazing photography.
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Unique. Honest & beautifully made. Compelling.
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Brilliant. Very affecting. Wonderful scenery. Immersive.
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I wasn't really looking forward to this film but I found it utterly charming & quite funny. The children were totally delightful. One of the best films so far but a terrible ending!
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Beautiful, heart warming and humbling. It avoided sentimentality and restraint. A wonderful film. Thank you!
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A really beautiful film - beautiful scenery - moving story, & wonderful children (& yaks!)
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Lovely! One of the best films I've seen! I was prepared for wonderful scenery but the story was lovely too.
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Excellent filming of scenery. Acting brilliant. A transformed man! His heart was won over by the simplicity of those he helped & his heart never left them!
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Transported to another world - lost innocence and a life journey taken. The children were delightful - a very moving film.
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I was close to tears much of the time. Heart wringing & wonderful film. What a revelation in vision, landscape & emotion. It’s what I have always heard about Bhutan. A superb choice.
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Excellent film!!! Film projector: Aim it higher when the captions across bottom of screen. I kept having to shift all the way through and still couldn't get all conversations.
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Beautiful film - scenery, characters & not overly sentimental.
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Superb insight into a beautiful people untainted with western greed and competitiveness. Off to buy yak.
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Enjoyed film more than I thought. Children were very sweet!
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This was a beautiful film in so many ways - what goodness & kindness can do to enhance people's lives. Beautiful scenery and very moving moments - no speech needed.
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Loved this feel good film. The music was very uplifting and the children wonderful in their enjoyment of life. Even the yak was delightful!! Wanted to see him go back. Very poignant when eating from wooden bowl and missing his grandmother.
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As a teacher myself, this film touched my soul. It is a roller coaster of a progression, where your students of any age take you to highs and lows you can hardly imagine! It is the most rewarding work I have ever done and you do touch the future. A great film start to 2024!
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Perfect choice for a film club - thought provoking - very much a change of pace and scenery. A simple story well told containing a lot of depth without feeling the need to smack you round the face !!
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Heading to Lunana. Picture of yak! BRILLIANT!!
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The film was truly wonderful and I think the best film I've ever seen. A magical spiritual journey and I didn't want it to end.
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Glimpses of real purity. Brilliant choice.
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Delightful xxx.
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Very lovely story. Simplicity is the best in life!
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I loved the film. Heart felt feel good film.
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Very peaceful. Beautiful scenery. Lovely story.
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Beautiful and poignant - gentle and well-tuned. Pem Zam stole the show!
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A touching, heart-warming film with beautiful scenery.
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Brilliant film.
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Main film was faultless - wonderfully down to earth. Child actors amazing. *Sound on trailers WAY TOO LOUD!
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A beautiful uplifting film with an honest if slightly frustrating ending. Fabulous scenery and wonderful children.
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What an exquisite film. A celebration of humanity and tradition. Thank you for choosing it.
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How simple things in life matter more than technology & modernity. We should all try to appreciate simple things.
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Fabulous! Cliff-hanger ending too! Well made and beautifully shot. Moving.
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Beautiful simplicity - loved the enthusiasm of the children.
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Wonderful. Interesting to see such a different way of life in these days. Emotional, innovative, beautiful scenery. Sincere acting. Thank you.
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I'm leaving with such a good feeling about the genuine humanity shown in this film. Well done to not only the script writer but also the actors and director.
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Beautiful gentle film. Feel good story of the rather lost lad 'Finding a value in life'. I hope he went back!
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Excellent choice. Poignant - acting/scenery superb. Lot to be said for natural fuel source - yak farming to be subsidised?!
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Real feel good film, just what we need at the moment.
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Lovely film.
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Fabulous. So relaxing. Fabulous scenery.
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Loved it.
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A delightful gentle film.
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Loved it.
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This beautiful story was so deeply moving - it made my heart melt. Very thought provoking too!
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Loved it! Moving, emotional, beautiful, scenery. Wish he'd stayed!
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Super.
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Beautiful, gentle film. Thank you!
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Beautiful film. A horrid looking film for Feb. Plus all USA films need subtitles.
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Lovely film. Reminded me of my Himalayan trek.
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Superb. Just charming.
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Lovely! Made you think of the 'little' things that really matter in life. Lovely setting & gentle cast.
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Great choice for our first visit to Fleet Film. Will come again!
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A lovely film. And who knew the Bhutanese had so much in common with us; they have yaks in their classrooms dropping dung; we have Education Ministers in Whitehall talking...(add your choice of noun here)
4
Slow and simple, like the way of life in Lunana - but ultimately heart warming. A film about the clash between the traditions but gradually he is seduced by the kindness of the people, their pure hearts. Will he return to Bhutan? - that is the question.
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Absolutely gorgeous!
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Predictable but charming. Ended with the right level of ambiguity.
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Beautiful to watch - both the scenery and the personal journey he went through.
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A simple story beautifully told.
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A hard life.
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Thoughtful & uplifting.
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Predictable story line but who couldn't love a sight of Bhutan life.
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Enchanting. Spiritual & fun. The hall was cold though.
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Enchanting.
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Loved the simplicity of life in the mountain. Hope he returned. Our first visit.
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Very sweet - wish the kids here were like that!
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Lovely thought provoking with beautiful scenery & children.
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Enjoyed it very much. Unusual and would be good for our kids to see and appreciate what they have! Well done, film club.
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Back to basics helps to connect with nature and the small community. Great acting.
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Enjoyable with a genuine insight.
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Thought provoking film. Interesting. Enjoyable. Glad I came. Hall was absolutely FREEZING COLD.
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A lovely film. Beautiful scenery. A message for our materialistic society.
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I enjoyed it, an insight into another world.
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Great scenery. Nice story line.
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