“Seven Years in Tibet” quotes

(1997)
Movie Seven Years in Tibet
Jean-Jacques Annaud directed this movie in 1997
Title Seven Years in Tibet
Year 1997
Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
Genre Drama, Biography, Adventure
Plot – In 1939 the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer leaves on an expedition to Tibet with the intention of climbing Nanga Parbat, regardless of his pregnant wife Ingrid's concerns, who he has entrusted to his friend Horst. Meanwhile in Tibet, a 4-year-old boy is designated as the new Dalai Lama and revered by devotees. When the climbers arrive at the base camp, in the whirlwind of the snowstorm, they are taken prisoner by British soldiers and discover that war has broken out and they, as Austrians, are considered enemies of Great Britain. After some time in a prison camp, Heinrich starts reading books about the mystical Tibet and then receives a letter from his wife asking for a divorce so she can marry Horst. Together with other companions he flees from the camp and then he continues on his own. After many vicissitudes, he finds himself with the head of the expedition Peter. Together they reach Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, in a journey that transforms his character. Now a teenager, the Dalai Lama calls Heinrich to the palace and he spends many days with him. Meanwhile, China invades and occupies Tibet. Before the invasion, Heinrich understands that it is time to leave and would like for the Dalai Lama to follow him. However, the boy remains. Heinrich returns to Vienna and meets his son, who he has never seen. Then news of the Dalai Lama's escape to India arrives. The friendship between the two is still ongoing.
All actors – Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako, Danny Denzongpa, Victor Wong, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Jetsun Pema, Ama Ashe Dongtse, Sonam Wangchuk, Dorjee Tsering, Ric Young, Ngawang Chojor, Duncan Fraser, Benedick Blythe, Tom Raudaschl, Wolfgang Tonninger, Samdup Dhargyal, Chemchok, Tenzin Jangchub, Angphurba Sherpa, Tsering Wangdue, Yama Ngudup Cheshatsang, Kalsang Dhundop Lungtok, Sonam Bidhartsang, Lama Champa Tsondu, Geshe Lobsang Nyma, Geshe Yeshi Tsultrim, Lama Champa Chandu, Pemba Norbu Sherpa, Karma Apo-Tsang, Ngawang Tenzingyatso, Choeden Tsering, Lama Jampa Lekshe, Lama Thupten Nugdup, Daniel Tedeschi, Gerardo Ebert, Sebastian Zevalia, Philipp Kriechbaum, Lobsang Gendun Rinpoche, Tenzin Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Sharpa Tulku Rinpoche, Zongra Tulku Rinpoche, , Victor A. Haddox
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  • “- Heinrich Harrer: The absolute simplicity. That's what I love. When you're climbing your mind is clear and free from all confusions. You have focus. And suddenly the light becomes sharper, the sounds are richer and you're filled with the deep, powerful presence of life. I've only felt that one other time.
    - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old: When?
    -...” (continue)
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    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
    [Tag:life, mind, mountains]
  • “- Heinrich Harrer: You have to leave. You have to leave Tibet, Kundun. Your life's at great risk. Forgive my presumption but I have made arrangements to get you out safely. We should leave directly after the enthronement, the Chinese won't expect it.
    - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old: How can I help people if I run away from them? What kind of leader...” (continue)
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    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
  • “- Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old: I am not your son. And I've never thought of you as my father. You've been much too informal to me for that. Do you ever think about him? And what do you think about?
    - Heinrich Harrer: It's not a conscious thought really, Kundun. He is always there. When I crossed Tibet he was with me. When I came to Lhasa he was...” (continue)
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    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
  • - Ngawang Jigme: Hello, my friend. We did what was best for our country, for Tibet.
    - Heinrich Harrer: On the way to Lhasa I would see Tibetans wearing those jackets. "Chinese soldiers very nice. Give food, clothes and money. Very nice". It's strange to me that something so harmless as a jacket can symbolize such a great lie.
    - Ngawang Jigme:... (continue)
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    BD Wong - Ngawang Jigme
    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
    [Tag:gift, lies, soldiers]
  • “- Heinrich Harrer: That's the Olympic gold medal. Not important.
    - Pema Lhaki: This is another great difference between our civilization and yours. You admire the man who pushes his way to the top in any walk of life, while we admire the man who abandons his ego.”

    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
    Lhakpa Tsamchoe - Pema Lhaki
  • “A place rich with all the strange beauty of your nighttime dreams.”

    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
    [Tag:beauty, dreams, nature]
  • “A man who betrays his culture shouldn't preach about its customs. There was a time I would have wished you dead but your shame will be your torture and your torture will be your life. I wish it to be long.”
    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
  • “Better a dead father than a lousy father.”
    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
    [Tag:death, failure, father]
  • “Dear Heinrich. Please sign the divorce papers and send them to my lawyer. Horst and I intend to be married as soon as the divorce is finalized. As for your letter, yes, your son Rolf Harrer was born while you were climbing the mountain. He is now two years old and calls Horst papa. When he is old enough I'll tell him his real father was lost in...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Ingeborga Dapkunaite - Ingrid Harrer
    [Tag:children, divorce]
  • “In this place where time stands still it seems like everything is moving. Including me. I can't say I know where I'm going nor if my bad deeds can be purified. There are so many things I have done that I regret. But when I come to a full stop I hope you understand that the distance between us is not as great as it seems.”
    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
  • “If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good.”
    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
  • “So much time to question oneself is... not good.”

    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
  • “- Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old: Don't you have friends and family there?
    - Heinrich Harrer: A few friends, no family. Keep the light steady, your Holiness.
    - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old: Why? Is everyone dead?
    - Heinrich Harrer: Do you know there's another way a sentence can be constructed than a question? I was married but I'm divorced.”

    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
  • “You can not ask a devout people to disregard a precious teaching.”
    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
    [Tag:people, teaching]
  • “Until I attain my majority, the regent is the political leader of Tibet. You should have requested an audience with him to discuss these important matters of the world. My experience of such things is limited. I am a simple Buddhist monk. All I know is the scripture and the words of Lord Buddha.”

    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
  • “When you are not strong enough to fight, you should embrace your enemy.”

    Brad Pitt - Ngawang Jigme
    [Tag:enemy, fighting, peace]
  • “Do you think someday people will get Tibet on their movie screens and wonder what happened to us?”
    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
    [Tag:movie, people, wonder]
  • “- Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old: I can't sleep. I'm afraid the dream might come back.
    - Heinrich Harrer: A couple of insomniacs.
    - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old: Tell me a story, Heinrich. Tell me a story about climbing mountains.
    - Heinrich Harrer: That's one way to fall asleep. Those stories bore even me.”

    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk - Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
  • “Must one have a reason to help those in need?”
    Mako - Kungo Tsarong
    [Tag:helping]
  • “Nothing in politics is a matter of honor, my friend.”

    BD Wong - Ngawang Jigme
    [Tag:honor, politics]
  • “When you get there tell my wife that two years in prison camp is roughly equal to four years of marriage and I'm glad to be free of them both.”

    Brad Pitt - Heinrich Harrer
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