Manakamana Reviews

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June 27, 2019
The concept may be simple, but it delves a lot deeper than most other documentaries.
April 3, 2019
It's meditative, beautiful, utterly fascinating, and one of the year's finest documentary achievements.
September 26, 2018
What we see and enjoy is the king of cinema: the human visage. recommended
October 10, 2017
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.
March 28, 2017
Hypnotic and serene.
June 28, 2016
It's hard to describe the passions and joys that Manakamana manages to cohere while celebrating its world.
November 18, 2015
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.
January 19, 2015
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.
December 15, 2014
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.
December 14, 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.
December 12, 2014
A gimmicky observation of life in Nepal, this is one of those documentaries that offers the audience an experience rather than any actual information.
December 12, 2014
Manakamana works as a tone poem, a Warholian revel in the mundane and an ethnographic study of an isolated corner.
December 11, 2014
Though its subject matter doesn't seem particularly fun on the surface, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's Manakamana is a sort of structural game, by turns contemplative and, yes, playful.
December 11, 2014
Boring? Absolutely not. Strangely revealing, meditative and funny? Yes, as passengers reveal themselves by costume, silence, chatter and posture, rising up through a hazy, green landscape into the clouds where Manakamana.
December 11, 2014
We're basically gawking at a commute.
December 11, 2014
Multiple viewings simply allow for more diverse and creative readings of the material.
December 10, 2014
An intimate humanist experiment, the film provokes much delight in its playful structure.
December 8, 2014
A colourful portrait of Nepal as a country driven by ancient tradition, yet also embracing necessary change.
November 20, 2014
A purifying moviegoing experience...
October 3, 2014
A must-see, especially in a theater, where the lack of distractions makes it even more mesmerizing, a cinematic Rorschach test that lets you interpret the expressions on faces from halfway around the world.
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