Wheel of Time (2003)
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Celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog turns his attention to one of the largest Buddhist gatherings in the world in this documentary. Each year, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims travel to the village of Bhod Gaya in India (the place where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment) to take part in the Kalachakra Initiation. As the visitors stream into Bhod Gaya, many traveling on foot and often stopping to prostrate themselves as a sign of devotion, a team of monks create a beautiful and
Aug 29, 2003 Limited
Oct 25, 2005
Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
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What could end up feeling like a by-the-numbers Discovery Channel docu is enlivened considerably by wry asides from the helmer.
The director made his name in the '70s with a series of intense fictional films, but he's also proven a fascinating documentarian.
[Herzog] knows instinctively when to linger and when it's time to turn away.
The assembly and eventual destruction of the Kalachakra sand mandala is the cycle around which the German director Werner Herzog's absorbing documentary is structured.
Taking a low-key approach, Herzog captures the pilgrims' intense fervor. The sight of 500,000 people united in prayer is mind-blowing.
Herzog clearly communicates an outsider-looking-in status in Wheel of Time.
Wheel of Time lacks the intensity of many of Herzog's works, and the meditative nature of the monks is a strange match for the wildness of Herzog.
Awe-inspiring for those of all faiths who sincerely hope that this world can be a peaceful one.
As always, Herzog comes up with some unique and often ridiculous human behavior in the midst of all this peace and tolerance.
Extraordinary documentary on two Buddhist rituals that bring out thousands to meditate and to express their devotion.
A recent string of excellent nonfiction features now comprise an exciting new phase in this always adventurous director's career.
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