Sanggye is a reclusive ranger in a Tibetan mountain forest living an increasingly hungry and alcoholic life. His isolated cabin does little to keep out the frigid winter, or the poachers and cop chasing them. The problem is, who’s who in this Quentin Tarantino-tinged (think HATEFUL EIGHT) suspense mystery. However, first-time Tibetan director Jigme Trigley eschews QT’s penchant for endless dialogue, letting his impressive visuals establish story and character.
Besides, these guys don’t have much to say as they have much more to hide. It gets harder to tell who’s the cop and who’s the poacher – and who lured Sanggye’s wife away back in the village. An approaching blizzard closes in on the cabin as Sanggye uses his wits to figure out who to trust, if any, of these dodgy characters. Director Trigley proves his chops as a legacy filmmaker, learning much at the feet of his father, respected director Pema Tseden (THE GREAT DISTANCE DELIVERS CRANE), also a producer of this film.