• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Ron Fricke
    In Theaters:
    Aug 24, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 8, 2013
  • Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Samsara
    1 minutes 4 seconds
    Added: Apr 24, 2012


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Samsara Reviews

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July 27, 2014
Looks awesome on a good HDTV.
June 16, 2014
[Interested: cannot find.]
July 9, 2014
Almost spiritual; to see humanity, not hear it described. Amazing, an absolute must see.
December 25, 2012
I excepted this movie to be a magnificent visual masterpiece. It was until I saw the slaughterhouse which I didn't expect in this film. Being a sensitive person this upset me, so did the scene with all the garbage of rubbish. What are we doing to our sensitive planet and the animals on it?
January 17, 2013
"Baraka" was better.
May 14, 2014
Annak ellenére, hogy a filmben egy szó sem hangzik el, félelmetesen lebilincsel?, vagy pont azért...
April 24, 2012
Beautiful film but breathe taking cinematography!!
April 21, 2014
Astonishingly beautiful. This is the kind of movie that after you watch it you become a different person. But a little thing that's off. There's no dialog.
April 4, 2014
Samsara is a beautiful, almost hypnotic experience that is surprisingly uplifting and conveys its message in a unique way, even if it's a bit on the nose at times.
April 2, 2014
Ron Fricke, Cinematographer for Godfrey Reggio on the seminal Koyaanisqatsi, directed the similar Baraka in 1992. If you've seen Reggio's films and Fricke's first, then you know what to expect here. Shot on 70mm over a 5 year period, at times the visuals on display are truly breathtaking and the transfer to Blu-Ray is excellent. A meditative, purely visual journey, that loosely forms an elliptical narrative, exploring a few Buddhist themes of the cyclical nature of life along the way.
March 31, 2014
De belles images certes, mais on a du mal a voir le fil conducteur et on se demande ce que font certains plans dans le film. C'est un peu mou, et des indiquations sur le lieu des images n'auraient pas été inutiles pour aider a la compréhension
March 23, 2014
"Samsara, the Sanskrit for "continuous flow" is visually breathtaking, the sound design is simply stunning, 0 dialog/ monologue - I have never seen such thing but it's mesmerizingly GOOD !

It took 5 years to make and co-ordinate Samsara!

It was shot in Panarama 70mm, across 26 countries, it needing major government and regulatory clearances, having to wait for certain seasons or lunar phases to get the light to hit the way director Fricke wanted.

There are few shocking scenes, haunting ones and describing them is be no easy task.

One involves a man sitting behind a desk, who begins to smear modeling clay on his face, before grabbing a tiny paint brush and stroking black and red paint all over himself as well. He begins to vigorously do both things at once, ripping clay off his face only to smear it back on, throw dust in his eyes, stick pencils in his face, etc. The long-shot becomes faster and faster, while jolting music plays in the background.

As someone was saying and I fully agree, "Samsara is beautiful, bizarre, and unforgettable".
March 15, 2014
A trip around this still beautiful, yet less blessed, world. A stunning visual experience.
March 15, 2014
Brilliant, but difficult to explain why. No plot, no acting (well, except for one scene, but I'll come to that). So, it's a documentary then? Yes, sort of, but there is no narration, nor captions, nor even tags to let you know what or where in the world you are looking at.

In essence, it's a visual documentary on the modern world. Initially it just seems like National Geographic without any commentary: beautiful scenes of temples, nature and places you might want to go as a tourist.
However, 100 minutes of random places and things could be boring after a while. Just when you start to think that might well be the case, themes start to emerge: nature, buildings, opulence vs poverty, guns/military, livestock. Pretty much everyday things, and how they are connected.

It is basically a 100-minute stream-of-consciousness exercise, using amazing, totally natural visual imagery (ie no CGI). Enjoy it
for where it takes your mind, or just for the images and the drama of everyday life.

Only negative note is the one scene that isn't candid: a performance artist. Very pretentious and pointless and prevents this movie from being perfect.
February 27, 2014
For a documentary with no dialogue or voice over narration, Samsara has a lot to say about the human condition- Religion, environment, technology, urban chaos and beauty of nature, all are examined through some stunning imagery, and time lapse photography has rarely been used so effectively. Shot over 5 years in 25 countries, this is a titanic effort to provide an epic visual narrative on our way of life. A true original and worth viewing more than once.
Martijn B.
February 27, 2014
Pure aestheticism and mkes you wonder, s all good art should do, what humanity is doing to theselves. Briliiant cinematography, and that in 4k (crisp-clear images)! Great them (i figue the transition of simp,e live to highly industrial society, that has lost it's moral conciousness and is too individualistic. People should always learn! Dont believe the hype!! Will see this again next week.
February 22, 2014
´Beautiful! A must see!
February 15, 2014
It's kind of like if hipsters took over the Discovery channel. An undeniably beautiful film with deep spiritual undertones, but it's not exactly a film you sit down to watch for enjoyment, or even investment for that matter. It's something to meditate on, to think about and open your eyes to cultures not often explored by a film. If you have an HD TV, then this is a must buy, in order to experience the vast visual aspects of the film in it's highest possible quality, without actually having to see it in a theater.
February 14, 2014
A great looking movie where you can screenshot at anytime and get yourself a cool wallpaper :)
February 11, 2014
In the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi (1982), for which director Ron Fricke was cinematographer, Samsara is a non-fiction film composed entirely of images and no dialogue shot on film and meant to be shown in 70mm. Fricke also made Chronos (1985) and Baraka (1992) following the same logic. In all of these films, the juxtaposition of images, (shot in many countries and showing famous landmarks, people from different cultures at work and at play or staring at the camera) elicits ideas and connections. Or sometimes a single image or sequence carries that weight alone. However, whereas Koyaanisqatsi had a mostly discernible theme ("life out of balance"), Samsara does not and this is its great weakness (because otherwise the images themselves are tremendous). Although Fricke suggests the focus is on the cycle of life (birth, death, rebirth) this is anything but clear and some of the choices here begin to feel cliché (Angkor Wat, Petra, Chartres, Mecca, etc) and the connections (chicken processing factory to fat fast food eaters) are often unsurprising. Nevertheless, on the big screen, I'm sure this would take your breath away.
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