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Gurukulam (2016)



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In vivid and sensuous detail, GURUKULAM follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India. Daily chores, meditation, ritual, and rigorous study are woven together connecting the natural and spiritual worlds in moments of surprising revelation and comic contradiction. Deeply observational and experiential, GURUKULAM evokes the presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred. The richly layered soundscape and the intimate imagery bring us into a place of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. From Swami Dayananda's first lesson: 'Saying is only an expression of what you see,' GURUKULAM is a rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India.

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Critic Reviews for Gurukulam

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A film that seems as if the directors stayed about four days, shot what they could and left ...

June 16, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

By the time the film ends, you'll certainly have the feeling of what it must be like to experience life in this bucolic spiritual retreat. Unfortunately, you'll also feel like you've been there for the full five weeks.

June 15, 2016 | Full Review…

For a movie seemingly concerned with clarity and enlightenment, it's woefully lacking in both.

June 9, 2016 | Full Review…

While the beauty of the setting is nourishing, without a narrative structure, the disjointed scenes raise questions.

June 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Graceful and respectful, peppered with moments that highlight the human nature of divine contemplation.

June 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Redundancy is key to absorbing many Hindu teachings, mind you, but we don't need to repeatedly watch people chow down or get dressed or avoid cows in the road.

January 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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