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After a while, all this serenity becomes soporific. It's one for the already enlightened.
A voice-over narrator supplies some of Yogananda's more inspired passages, but the affected tone makes it all sound rather silly.
Those looking for further enlightenment might want to pass on the feel-good cinematic hagiography known as "Awake: The Life of Yogananda."
It's not quite hagiography, but it's almost hard not to get caught up in the film's admiring tone.
Unfortunately, while the swami taught his disciples to explore the depths of their very souls, the film barely scratches the surface of his life and teachings.
Yogananda's story is a fascinating one. And although the documentary will likely attract a discrete group, it has the potential for broader appeal.
Co-directors Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman honor the man with a reverential though rarely stuffy portrait.
A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living.
Fittingly enlightening, "Awake: The Life of Yogananda" is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West.
A film that works both for followers and for those interested in knowing what yoga is truly about. Hint: It's not about six-pack abs.
The film's storytelling is straightforward, almost standard-issue, but the story itself is compelling, as is the testimony of devotees.
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