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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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Her teachings are trite.

October 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.

October 5, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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

September 21, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 21, 2006

Director Jan Kounen clearly reveres his subject, too; you begin yearning for some skeptics to restore the balance, but they never appear.

September 14, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

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.

September 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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