Molom -- A Legend Of Mongolia

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Fantasy

French publisher turned documentary filmmaker Marie Jaoul de Poncheville indulges her passion for all things Mongolian with her first feature film, a shallow trifle that amounts to little more than a dull travelogue loosely structured around a silly story. Venerable Mongolian actor Tsededordj stars as the shaman Molom, a holy man who descends from the heavens...read more

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French publisher turned documentary filmmaker Marie Jaoul de Poncheville indulges her passion for all things Mongolian with her first feature film, a shallow trifle that amounts to little more than a dull travelogue loosely structured around a

silly story. Venerable Mongolian actor Tsededordj stars as the shaman Molom, a holy man who descends from the heavens in the guise of an eagle in order to comfort and instruct Earth's creatures. He meets Yonden (Yondejunai), a young boy living with a wolf pack whom Molom marks as a future shaman.

The two embark on a long, picturesque trek across the Mongolian steppes that serves as a crash course in Buddhist doctrine for both Yonden and the audience. Jaoul strives for authenticity, but she never shakes the aura of a sight-seer: Watching her movie is tantamount to sitting next to the

loudest person on the bus, who's hell-bent on telling you everything she knows about someplace she's just passing through. The film has an inorganic, almost clinical feel in its approach to the lives and customs of the people Molom and Yonden encounter, while Jaoul's understanding of Buddhism is

facile at best. She's keen on tossing around such flimsy koans as "You must travel very far to see into your heart" and "Look to the shiny pearl inside you," but like everything else here, none of it rings true.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: French publisher turned documentary filmmaker Marie Jaoul de Poncheville indulges her passion for all things Mongolian with her first feature film, a shallow trifle that amounts to little more than a dull travelogue loosely structured around a silly story… (more)

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