Samsara (2002)

Samsara (2002)




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Indian born filmmaker Pan Nalin makes his directorial debut with this sensual, elegant look at sex and spirituality. Tashi (Shawn Ku) is a gifted young monk who is just completing three years of solitary mediation in the mountains. Sporting long hair and a scraggly beard, Tashi is roused out of his deep mediation and brought back to his monastery by his fellow monks. There he rests up to recover his strength, returning to the usual rigors of monastic life. Though he is highly revered for having attained a profound level of enlightenment, Tashi is surprised to discover the sudden awakening of his own sex drive. While blessing the annual crop, he encounters beautiful peasant girl Pema (Christy Chung) and immediately he falls in love. Arguing that to properly renounce the world he would have to experience it first, he leaves his order and eventually marries Pema. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
R (for strong sexuality and some nudity)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Miramax Films


Shawn Ku
as Tashi
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Critic Reviews for Samsara

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A beautifully rendered gem.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A singularly engaging spiritual love story.

August 13, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Nalin's film has excellent production values and thoroughly transports one to its far-flung world of clear skies, jagged mountains and passionate affairs of the mind and body.

November 14, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

This study of desire and destiny is visually [beautiful].

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Jam! Movies

Possibly as close to Shangri-La as we will ever get, Samsara is a haunting, cinematic and spiritual love story to savour.

Full Review… | November 2, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Samsara

Omg this movie. Saw it freshman year for our "Structured Liberal Education" Buddhism module and there is only one scene everybody remembers from it.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

What is more important: satisfying a thousand desires or conquering just one? A very compelling movie that has many morals. One of the most powerful is a stranger teaching others to stand up for themselves and not following tradition for tradition's sake alone. Unfortunately he ends up making the same mistake, or does he?

Nicholas Stanosheck
Nicholas Stanosheck

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