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Naked in Ashes

Naked in Ashes (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5

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In this intimate documentary about the lives of India's Yogis, filmmaker Paula Fouce explores the hearts and minds of these modern day holy men, who carry on a little seen spiritual tradition with little to no ties to conventional, material life. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

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Paula Fouce's documentary about several of these yogis gives us a kind of cinéma vérité peek into their lives as they perform their rituals and prepare for the great meeting, or Kumbh Mela, of yogis in Ujjain, held in 2003.

August 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Does so much of what we want from documentary -- it teaches us new ways that lives can be lived. And religion or no, that always expands the spirit.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Naked in Ashes could easily provide answers but doesn't, and so it invites only unexamined faith or skepticism.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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As an intimate glimpse into an otherwise hidden world, it's admittedly absorbing, but the subjects merit a more rigorous portrait.

January 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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With Naked in Ashes, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Paula Fouce manages a dubious feat of underachievement: She's made a documentary about Hindu mystics that's only marginally enlightening about its subject matter.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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An inspirational and cautionary film that documents the hermetic lives of a handful of Indian yogis.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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With its TV-style production values and bland educational tone, Naked in Ashes might be suitable for PBS or the Discovery Channel, but it's not much of a feature film.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

It idolizes the idea of spiritual purity without offering any insight into what it really means.

December 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Plenty thought-provoking, but it's not much of a movie and ultimately inspires curiosity rather than passion.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An edifying look at the lives and spiritual practices of twenty Hindu holy men in India who meditate, serve others and take on austerities as part of their path.

December 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Pictures one of the fascinating groups -- here, related Yogis -- who will make up one of India's immense festivals along the Ganges.

November 1, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Cleverly avoids passing judgment on some seemingly bizarre behaviors, while at the same time explaining how a 5,000-year-old tradition can really mean something today.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
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