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Darshan, The Embrace (2006)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
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Throughout its history, India has kept a profound sense of the sacred. Hindu tradition offers a privileged place to great souls (Mahatma). As a travel diary deep inside the heart of India and Hinduism, "Darshan" focuses on one of the most important Mahatmas still alive -- Amma. This woman has won an important place in the Indian community today. Her fight for peace, against poverty and illiteracy earned her the Gandhi King Prize in 2002 (previously awarded to great personalities such as Khofi


Documentary, Faith & Spirituality

Nov 14, 2006

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Her teachings are trite.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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You may walk away from Darshan, if it moves you at all, smiling yourself. After all, we could all use a hug.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Less National Geographic and more personal history would have added a dimension to Darshan.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Unless you're already a true believer, Amma comes across in Darshan as a perfect angel, a frustrating enigma and a rather dull cinematic subject.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Director Jan Kounen clearly reveres his subject, too; you begin yearning for some skeptics to restore the balance, but they never appear.

September 14, 2006
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Kounen captures the squalor of Indian everyday life, as well as the tranquil faces and holy places of everything that passes his camera's gaze.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Lacks both narrative edge and a complex world view.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a beautifully filmed portrait of a woman who embodies a human love that is nothing short of miraculous

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source:

It may have been Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage" who coined the phrase "hug it out," but it's Indian guru Amma who lives it.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Works better as a sad meditation on the spiritual hopes of a poverty-stricken people than as a portrait of a charismatic guru.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Even if the idea of spiritual gurus and personality cults make you slightly uncomfortable, Jan Kounen's beautifully filmed portrait of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi offers enough beautiful shots of India to seduce even the least spiritual of travelers.

July 26, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A documentary about Amma, India's hugging saint, that reveals her large reserves of unconditional love, playfulness, compassion, and service of the poor.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Jan Kounen's Darshan- The Embrace extols the healing power of touch, revealing, cinematically and without condescension, the appeal of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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