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Naked in Ashes Reviews

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 3, 2006
Paula Fouce's documentary about several of these yogis gives us a kind of cinéma vérité peek into their lives as they perform their rituals and prepare for the great meeting, or Kumbh Mela, of yogis in Ujjain, held in 2003.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 20, 2006
Does so much of what we want from documentary -- it teaches us new ways that lives can be lived. And religion or no, that always expands the spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 13, 2006
Naked in Ashes could easily provide answers but doesn't, and so it invites only unexamined faith or skepticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 5, 2006
As an intimate glimpse into an otherwise hidden world, it's admittedly absorbing, but the subjects merit a more rigorous portrait.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
December 9, 2005
With Naked in Ashes, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Paula Fouce manages a dubious feat of underachievement: She's made a documentary about Hindu mystics that's only marginally enlightening about its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
December 2, 2005
An inspirational and cautionary film that documents the hermetic lives of a handful of Indian yogis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Harvey
November 30, 2005
Naked in Ashes is a respectful, illuminating appreciation of a few of the estimated 13 million yogis in India.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 18, 2005
[Director Paula Fouce] has a passion for the holy ways of the East, and it shines through in Naked in Ashes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
November 17, 2005
This documentary provides an intimate yet ultimately unsatisfying glimpse into the everyday lives of several Indian yogis.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Zimmer
Village Voice
November 15, 2005
Christopher Tufty's camera captures intimate detail and broad panorama, a television in a hut and 100,000 naked guys bathing in the Ganges at Ujjain, a festival that happens every 12 years.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2005
The world Fouce takes the viewer into is intoxicatingly rich and varied, at once immediate and contemporary and timeless with its images of ancient temples, elephants and the yogis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tina-Louise Reid
L.A. Weekly
October 20, 2005
In spite of its aspirations toward enlightenment, Naked in Ashes leaves its audiences bewildered.