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Its tranquil pace will prove jarring for the blockbuster-inclined, but Manakamana rewards patient viewers with a singularly haunting experience.
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We're basically gawking at a commute.
Invited to sit in the facing seat, we have long minutes to watch, listen and assess, considering who these pilgrims are and what, aside from worship, has really brought them here.
"Manakamana" is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.
"Manakamana" is a haunting experience, one that requires patience (and then some) but that offers spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic rewards beyond the immediate power of words to describe.
The directors, Pacho Velez (who did the camera work) and Stephanie Spray (who recorded the sound), condense world history into the confined space of a glassed-in bubble.
By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness.
What we see and enjoy is the king of cinema: the human visage. recommended
Manakamana is a record of this circuitry, an index of faces seen in the act of seeing, thrust into the vacancy of a nature that scrolls by like some uncanny rear projection from an old Hollywood film.
Hypnotic and serene.
It's hard to describe the passions and joys that Manakamana manages to cohere while celebrating its world.
This truly remarkable, beautiful film, the latest from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab... refrains from feeding us context via traditional documentary tropes such as title cards or voice-over narration.
This is an interesting experiment as a movie, but I don't think it is a terribly successful one. It takes a lot of patience to sit through the dull bits, where nothing much happens, to get to the more interesting parts.
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