Friday, October 29, 2010

My Beloved Children

MOVIE REVIEW: Hingi Che-Thru or My Beloved Children, which premiered last Sunday at Trowa theatre, tests the sentiments of viewers. But to get to that point, viewers may have to sit tight and wait.
The film starts off slowly and viewers may not know where it’s leading. But eventually it picks up. It does not have the typical romance theme, but is based on typical social issues, woven around the plight of a family.

Dzomkey (Palden Tshomo) may be poor, have an alcoholic and irresponsible husband (Rinchen Namgay) and ten children to feed, but she is content. There are no arguments at home and she tolerates the drunken antics of her husband. But the couple’s refusal to adhere to family planning methods results in tragedy. Dzomkey develops cervical cancer and faces an untimely death.

The film is about the battle of a mother to ensure that her children’s lives are secure before she succumbs to the disease. She offers her children for adoption, but only after the consent of her children, husband and after meeting the prospective parents.

When the pace of the plot picks up, tear-jerking and heart rendering moments keep viewers glued to the screen. Palden Tshomo’s acting is impressive, especially since Hingi Che-Thru is her debut film.

There are no extraordinary cinematic feats but the characters blend well with the story, giving the film a touch of reality without exaggeration. The best part of the film is that it has no cheesy moments. The worst is it drags a bit, especially iat the beginning.

The movie is directed by Mila Tobgyal. His other films like Kangyel, Dangphu and Home Sweet Home, are also social issue based, where family planning, the taxation system of the past and rural to urban migration are mirrored.