Manakamana Reviews

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September 27, 2014
It's hypnotic work with a terrific sense of cultural study and geography.
August 27, 2014
If you're prone to carsickness, this might not be the ideal movie for you. But as a meditation on the way human beings fill the silence - or choose not to - it's an amazing accomplishment.
August 25, 2014
For the curious viewer.
July 7, 2014
In the hands of Spray and Velez, the journey is far more important than the destination.
July 3, 2014
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.
June 27, 2014
The beauty and rhythms of the fixed camera's highly specific focus builds a hypnotic group narrative of religion's possibility, the ways in which it can bring joy and peace.
June 26, 2014
"Manakamana" is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.
June 20, 2014
This particular pilgrimage is both a privilege and a pleasure.
June 3, 2014
It's a lovely, occasionally charming, and rarely beautiful slice of life, but it doesn't grasp for much more. Or, if it does, it doesn't do a very good job at translating such transcendence to the audience.
May 27, 2014
There is little dialogue and no explication, only a succession of dreamy rides, one of which is given over to goats.
May 15, 2014
"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.
April 21, 2014
Manakamana is a travel film that's not about the ride, but the riders. Ourselves included, of course.
April 21, 2014
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.
April 20, 2014
As exotic the locale, stunning the view, foreign the dress or accents, this intense and fascinating look at the pilgrims beautifully exposes their humanity.
April 17, 2014
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.
April 17, 2014
Breathtaking, unusual and transcendent. Patient viewers will be rewarded.
Top Critic
April 17, 2014
Manakamana doesn't answer any questions, yet makes its point: Nepal, like the rest of our planet, is a picturesque but far from peaceable kingdom.
April 17, 2014
As a theatrical experience, Manakamana is spellbinding. But it's a complex spell ...
April 17, 2014
'Manakamana' will reward those lucky few who still possess the patient tranquility to observe and absorb which is being so sadly lost.
April 16, 2014
I've never seen anything like it.
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