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Manakamana (2014)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 0

Its tranquil pace will prove jarring for the blockbuster-inclined, but Manakamana rewards patient viewers with a singularly haunting experience.


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 0

Its tranquil pace will prove jarring for the blockbuster-inclined, but Manakamana rewards patient viewers with a singularly haunting experience.



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Breathtaking, poignant and mesmerizing, MANAKAMANA is a documentary shot entirely inside the narrow bubble of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, as it transports villagers and tourists to an ancient mountaintop temple. Filmed in 16mm and comprised of 11 rides (each a single take corresponds to the length of a roll of film), MANAKAMANA is a tender, ephemeral character study of its passengers and a window onto the lush, rolling landscape of a country in transition from ancient tradition to

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Invited to sit in the facing seat, we have long minutes to watch, listen and assess, considering who these pilgrims are and what, aside from worship, has really brought them here.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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"Manakamana" is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Manakamana" is a haunting experience, one that requires patience (and then some) but that offers spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic rewards beyond the immediate power of words to describe.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The directors, Pacho Velez (who did the camera work) and Stephanie Spray (who recorded the sound), condense world history into the confined space of a glassed-in bubble.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Manakamana doesn't answer any questions, yet makes its point: Nepal, like the rest of our planet, is a picturesque but far from peaceable kingdom.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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If you're prone to carsickness, this might not be the ideal movie for you. But as a meditation on the way human beings fill the silence - or choose not to - it's an amazing accomplishment.

August 27, 2014 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
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For the curious viewer.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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In the hands of Spray and Velez, the journey is far more important than the destination.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

The beauty and rhythms of the fixed camera's highly specific focus builds a hypnotic group narrative of religion's possibility, the ways in which it can bring joy and peace.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Linoleum Knife
Linoleum Knife

This particular pilgrimage is both a privilege and a pleasure.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

It's a lovely, occasionally charming, and rarely beautiful slice of life, but it doesn't grasp for much more. Or, if it does, it doesn't do a very good job at translating such transcendence to the audience.

June 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Nonfics

There is little dialogue and no explication, only a succession of dreamy rides, one of which is given over to goats.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

Manakamana is a travel film that's not about the ride, but the riders. Ourselves included, of course.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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As exotic the locale, stunning the view, foreign the dress or accents, this intense and fascinating look at the pilgrims beautifully exposes their humanity.

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Breathtaking, unusual and transcendent. Patient viewers will be rewarded.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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'Manakamana' will reward those lucky few who still possess the patient tranquility to observe and absorb which is being so sadly lost.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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