A travelogue and coming-of-age film that takes a look at hippy culture and the crisis hit revolutionary hopes of 1968
A contemporary document of real historical interest, with images of incomparable natural beauty
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg together again, after their hit song Je t’aime… moi non plus.
Somewhat of a travelogue and coming-of-age film, Katmandu explores contemporary hippy counter-culture from an often critical and disenchanted perspective, especially in observing how the revolutionary hopes of 1968 ended up with youthful disaffection and drug addiction. If the subject matter is now slightly out-dated (after all, hippies age faster than cowboys), the superb landscapes of Nepal and India and the film’s documentary observations on the local populations still retain all their charm and interest. An honourable mention must go to the presence of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, who that same year had taken a wrecking ball to political ideals with the hit song Je t’aime… moi non plus.
Oliver is a young man who injures a police officer during a demonstration. In order to avoid being arrested, he accepts money from a charity organisation to travel to India on a pacifist mission. In reality, Oliver’s idea is to reach Kathmandu where he plans to find his father, whom he believes to be a wealthy man. Instead, he discovers he is poor. When he witnesses a hippy woman he has grown fond of die, he decides to return to India to complete the peace mission he previously abandoned.