BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA

Karma Deki's Bhutanese film Kushuthara Pattern of Love has won tremendous praise throughout Asia and is currently preparing its American release. It has done very well on the international film festival circuit picking up many awards. The film is stunning on many levels. First, it is a fascinating romance that develops between an American journalist/ photographer Charlie (Emrhys Cooper) and native weaver Chokimo (Kezang Wangmo). Set in the village of Kurtoe-Menjey in the Kingdom of Bhutan, the plot has Chokimo already in love with villager Bumpala. When Charlie and Chokimo meet for the first time, they experience a kind of deja vu. Their attraction goes very, very deep. It is an example of what the natives believe to be Karmic reincarnation. Charlie and Chokimo were somehow connected in many past lives.

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA
Charlie is in Bhutan to photograph the village weavers for a Los Angeles newspaper spread. It is a first, as the natives have never opened up their culture to the West. And, of special interest... Emrhys Cooper is the very first Western actor to star in a Bhutanese movie. When Charlie and his guide Penjor (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, who is best known for co starring alongside Brad Pitt as the young Dalai Lama in Sever Years in Tibet) speak to one another, of course, they speak in English. When the natives are together speaking and singing in their native language Dzongkha, subtitles in English appear onscreen. Audience, therefore, are fully aware of what is happening at all times. In spite of this, there is mystery afoot, and that partially emanates from the legend of the cloth. Weaving symbolizes wisdom, the cleansing of ignorance. Patterns on cloth mean creativity. The Kushuthara garment that is worn by the one who is loved brings her (him) eternal peace, and the entire world sparkles with light. It is a beautiful way to make a living, as the village women sit and weave together, reciting poetry and telling enlightening stories that may change lives for the better, or however fate has designed it.

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA

At the core lies Buddhism in all of its glory. A person who is truly in love loves the same person in thousands of past lives. There is one essential legendary story in the plot that the weavers relate of two villagers, young Meto (Karma Chedon) and her older lover Phuntsho (Kencho Wangdi) who loved each other passionately but whose love was never consecrated in marriage. Phuntsho was called away to foreign lands to market textiles and never returned, causing Meto much suffering. She committed suicide, throwing herself from a high mountain. Charlie has unexplained dreams of Meto and Phuntsho, as does Chokimo. She mysteriously takes on the character traits of Meto, and Charlie those of Phuntsho. Poor Bampala suffers too, as he witnesses Charlie falling in love with Chokimo. Chokimo owes much to Bampala, so when Charlie asks her to leave Bhutan with him, she refuses, in spite of her love for him. Their love must end, just as did that of Phuntsho and Meto. The Karmic philosophy teaches that true love means sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of the one you love. It is all for a higher purpose.

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA

The film is exceedingly moving as we experience Charlie's and Chokimo's inner most emotions up close. The palpable beauty of the scenery and that of the traditional music of the weavers add greatly to the love story and to our appreciation of the culture. When the native men gather together with the women in the evening, Charlie is asked to dance and share his Western skill and heritage, Cooper opens a vibrant side to Charlie's personality, attempting to create a more harmonious fusion of the two divergent musical cultures.

Cooper does a wonderful job portraying Charlie's innocence and vulnerability throughout. His is a sincere and earnest portrayal, as he wins our sympathy and trust. Wangmo is not only lovely to look at, but brings much luminosity and wisdom to Chokimo, who understands her true place in the world. We can only hope that their separate paths will eventually bring them the fulfillment they deserve. The rest of the cast are equally worthy of praise with Karma Chedon a standout as the wounded Meto.

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA

In short, the entire cast simply shine under Deki's ultra sensitive direction. Kushuthara is a little gem of a film that gently opens up our hearts as well as our minds to the acceptance of the unknown. Don't miss it soon in select theatres near you!The film is being released in select theaters on the 27th of January 2017, as well as being available on all VOD platforms.
5/5 stars

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA

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