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Manakamana (2014)




Critic Consensus: Its tranquil pace will prove jarring for the blockbuster-inclined, but Manakamana rewards patient viewers with a singularly haunting experience.

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Breathtaking, poignant and mesmerizing, MANAKAMANA is a documentary shot entirely inside the narrow bubble of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, as it transports villagers and tourists to an ancient mountaintop temple. Filmed in 16mm and comprised of 11 rides (each a single take corresponds to the length of a roll of film), MANAKAMANA is a tender, ephemeral character study of its passengers and a window onto the lush, rolling landscape of a country in transition from ancient tradition to modernity. This evocative and rigorously structured documentary presents a rich sensory experience that ignites the viewer's imagination to fill in the past, present and future of each moment as they watch. The New York Film Festival calls it, " airborne version of an Andy Warhol screen endlessly suggestive film that both describes and transcends the bounds of time and space." (c) Cinema Guildmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Aug 18, 2014
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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

"Manakamana" is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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"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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | January 19, 2015
Laramie Movie Scope

A two-hour film with Nepalese as its first language, no introduction, no narration and no dramatic arc sounds like a challenge, in much the same way that unshelled lobster is delicious: both require a little patience.

Full Review… | December 15, 2014

If only the viewing environment were more suited to casual contemplation, allowing the audience (like the passengers) to dip in and out of the car in 10-minute stretches.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Observer [UK]

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