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A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumare follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life -- and wondering if and when to reveal his true self. Will his followers accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? Winner of South by Southwest's Audience Award, Kumare is an
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What started as a long, elaborate joke becomes a journey, both for Gandhi's students and for the filmmaker himself.
Your view of the film may hinge on whether you can accept the ethics of his fakery.
There's a Morgan Spurlock narcissism to "Kumaré." It could just as well have been called "Super-Spiritualize Me."
As "Kumaré" plays out, both Gandhi and the film become something else, something much more thoughtful and moving.
When I first heard this film described, I assumed it would be a satirical, snarky comedy like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat." Not so.
Kumaré might be a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt, but Gandhi drowns his padded documentary with a voiceover that is all Morgan Spurlock, deaf to its self-aggrandizement.
The film's notion that the ruse here was okay because it ultimately helped people seems like a specious rationalization.
A bogus guru sends a message about the nature of spiritual leadership today in this "Is it for real?" documentary.
A spiritually challenging documentary about guru-disciple relationships and taking responsibility for our own spiritual growth and maturation.
Kumaré has a premise that could've been the launching point for one of Sascha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles's satirical outrages.
Audience Reviews for Kumaré
- Vikram Gandhi: I fake so much, I forget who I was before.
- Vikram Gandhi: So may of us look to the wisdom of the east, to solve our problems in the west.
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