Samsara

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In theaters Aug 24, 2012
PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.

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Synopsis: Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means "the ever turning wheel of life" and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five
Director: Ron Fricke
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Genre: Documentary
Theater Release: Aug 24, 2012
DVD Release: Jan 08, 2013

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Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's a tad heavy-handed in its message, but Samsara's overwhelmingly beautiful visuals more than compensate for any narrative flaws.
  • One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to perceive themes of circularity and renewal in Samsara, but it takes that level of patience to suffer its frequent low points with silence and good humour. More...
  • A continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it. More...
  • A Balinese dancer, an African tribesman, a disfigured marine, a Japanese stripper all stand composed, confident, and dignified, daring you to break the gaze. More...
  • Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in. More...
  • "Samsara" finds the world a little less blessed than it was two decades ago, yet still beautiful, which seems to be the movie's primary message. More...
  • Fricke and his crew capture such moments as a Hawaiian volcano erupting to life with a stunning, you-are-there clarity. But the film winds up being a collection of striking visuals without any emotional heft. More...
  • "Samsara" is a ravishing visual experience, but it carries a message that at least some viewers will find less than compelling. More...
  • The result is like an issue of National Geographic gone mad. More...
  • Samsara stares at Asian temples, African tribesmen, and chickens bound for slaughter with the same blank eye. More...
  • A world of wonders without a guide or an agenda, "Samsara" rewards a leap of faith. More...