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.


Critic Reviews for Samsara

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A beautifully rendered gem.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A singularly engaging spiritual love story.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Nov 14, 2002

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

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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

Nov 2, 2002 | Full Review…

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.

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