Nisha Gopalan
April 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The path to enlightenment winds along the pavement of Glasgow in this imagining of working-class Buddhism. And there’s a definite learning curve ahead for dopey, nice-guy housepainter Jimmy, whose journey into Eastern thought — because, apparently, meditation is cool — seems as tentative as his wife’s and daughter’s understanding of it. Yet as his spirituality blossoms at the local Buddhist center, his marriage crumbles — the vow of celibacy being a deal breaker. Alternating between characters’ voices in a charming Scottish brogue, Buddha ambles that fine line between cutesy and quaint, but mercifully never ventures into self-righteousness.

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