Jean Jacques Annaud has made a masterpiece film in 1997. Brad Pitt's performance has gone unnoticed. John Williams' expression has also gone unnoticed. The film is on the experience of an Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer, who wrote his memoirs on the days spent in Tibet between 1944 and 1951.
Annaud made another great film in 'Enemy at the Gates'. This film won a Rembrandt Award for Pitt as best actor. The film was also recognised by the Guild of German Art House Cinemas as the best foreign film in 1998. America and England ignored the film and its magnificent music.