This is a story of revenge and redemption.
On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep chances upon a young man who is hitching a ride. As they drive and chat, the truck driver notices that his new friend has a silver dagger strapped to his leg. He comes to understand that this man is out to kill someone who wronged him earlier in life. As he drops the hitchhiker off at a fork in the road, little does the truck driver realize that their short time together has changed everything, and that their destinies are inexorably intertwined.
On the path of life, sometimes we meet someone whose dreams overtake our own to the point that they converge.
Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
"A parable-like story about the workings of karma and destiny...padded with droll details and detours"
“[A] dreamy, languid treatise on destinations, spirituality, and promises — a trademark of Tseden's work.”
"Neatly balances deadpan wit and understated mysticism in an idiosyncratic road movie."
“An extraordinary departure from the realist narratives that have made Pema Tseden's works celebrated at film festivals around the world. It is a fable, a Tibetan road movie and a tribute to classic Westerns all at once. JINPA's ferocious, visionary power is onscreen for all to see.”
“A playful, gently perplexing and distinctly stylish fifth feature from director Pema Tseden.”
“Intriguing; should please lovers of slow cinema with a more mystical edge.”