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Darshan, The Embrace (2006)

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Dobermann and Blueberry director Jan Kounen offers further testament to his fascination with spirituality in this documentary exploring the healing power of touch as exhibited by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (aka Amma, the "Hugging Saint"). A lifelong humanitarian who has spread joy by wrapping her arms around approximately 23 million people over the course of her lifetime, Devi is observed both up close and from afar as she meditates, travels from city to city on a lifelong mission of goodwill, and discuss her philosophy with the filmmakers.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality
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Written By: Manuel De La Roche, Jan Kounen
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On DVD: Nov 14, 2006
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Her teachings are trite.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
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.

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

Full Review… | September 21, 2006
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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2006
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
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Seattle Times
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