Darshan, The Embrace (2006)

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Dobermann and Blueberry director Jan Kounen offers further testament to his fascination with spirituality in this documentary exploring the healing power of touch as exhibited by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (aka Amma, the "Hugging Saint"). A lifelong humanitarian who has spread joy by wrapping her arms around approximately 23 million people over the course of her lifetime, Devi is observed both up close and from afar as she meditates, travels from city to city on a lifelong mission of goodwill, and discuss her philosophy with the filmmakers.

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Critic Reviews for Darshan, The Embrace

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Her teachings are trite.

Oct 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

You may walk away from Darshan, if it moves you at all, smiling yourself. After all, we could all use a hug.

Oct 5, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Less National Geographic and more personal history would have added a dimension to Darshan.

Sep 21, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Newsday
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Unless you're already a true believer, Amma comes across in Darshan as a perfect angel, a frustrating enigma and a rather dull cinematic subject.

Sep 21, 2006

Kounen captures the squalor of Indian everyday life, as well as the tranquil faces and holy places of everything that passes his camera's gaze.

Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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A loose and often not-so-engrossing assortment of scenes intended to showcase Amma's hold on her followers.

Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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