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Her teachings are trite.
You may walk away from Darshan, if it moves you at all, smiling yourself. After all, we could all use a hug.
Less National Geographic and more personal history would have added a dimension to Darshan.
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.
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.
A loose and often not-so-engrossing assortment of scenes intended to showcase Amma's hold on her followers.
Lacks both narrative edge and a complex world view.
a beautifully filmed portrait of a woman who embodies a human love that is nothing short of miraculous
It may have been Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage" who coined the phrase "hug it out," but it's Indian guru Amma who lives it.
Works better as a sad meditation on the spiritual hopes of a poverty-stricken people than as a portrait of a charismatic guru.
Even if the idea of spiritual gurus and personality cults make you slightly uncomfortable, Jan Kounen's beautifully filmed portrait of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi offers enough beautiful shots of India to seduce even the least spiritual of travelers.
A documentary about Amma, India's hugging saint, that reveals her large reserves of unconditional love, playfulness, compassion, and service of the poor.
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