Injecting buddist mythos and the metaphysical world into a familiar noir framework, Dechen Roder's Honeygiver Among The Dogs appropriates the formalist and structuralist schematics of the genre with enticing results that announce this first-time filmmaker as someone to watch. The stark and constricted spatial aesthetic associated with noir is effectively turned-on-its head, substituted with the lush, tranquil haze of the Bhutan landscapes which invoke a similar sense of intrigue and mystery through an aesthetic which feels more ethereal than ominous. From a narrative perspective, the film is very much in the same vein as classical noir sensibilities, yet in grafting this genre onto her own experiences, culture, and personal perspective, Dechen Roder has created something which feels familiar yet distinct, one in which the ontological lens of our main protagonist is in constant conflict. The material and spiritual worlds are in contention from within, as this police detective attempts to learn "the truth" in the material world which in turn leads him to introspection and in turn, a sense of enlightenment.
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