Tuesday, May 28, 2013
"Living Goddess": A woman of steel she is not (but some stunning scenery from Nepal)
Netflix Red Envelope offers the 2008 docudrama “Living Goddess”, by Ishbel Whitaker, depicting the lives of three young princesses (ages less than eight) in Nepal, in a hidden valley kingdom where religious customer offers millions of gods.
While the girls are spoiled, a political revolution closes in, and the indulgent child rearing is brought to light. It’s not clear if this is recent history, or a fantasy based on supposed history.
The girls, whose early statements show a sense of entitlement, face a life in which they will not be worshipped as “favored childs” as adults. No longer can the remain spoiled.
The scenery in the film, showing the poverty of life in rural Nepal, is quite striking.
The concept of a person’s being superhuman is usually much more constructive, as in the Superman movies or even the “Smallville” television series.
Can a person transcend his own mortality and become an angel? This film hardly tackles that question. That’s what I had been hoping.