Manakamana Reviews

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.
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 26, 2014
"Manakamana" is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.
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
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 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.
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 16, 2014
I've never seen anything like it.
April 15, 2014
You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit.
Top Critic
September 13, 2013
A repetitive but sometimes beguiling documentary produced by the directors of Leviathan,
September 13, 2013
"Manakamana" says as much about the erosion of patience as it does about the value of holding onto it.