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Samsara (2012)

Samsara (2012)

PG-13

Quite literally a no-words documentary on the ever-turning wheel of life.

The Very Best

9.0

Movie

Angola, Brazil
English, No language
Documentary
2011
RON FRICKE
Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi
102 min

9.0

Fidl

What it's about

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

The take

The Sanskrit word Samsara refers to the wheel of life and roughly translates to “continuous flow”. And, indeed, Samsara takes us on an entrancing journey, chronicling the never-ending cycle of birth, life, death, and re-birth that life, big and small, goes through—at least according to the religions that were born on the Indian continent. Shot on 70mm film and utilizing computerized camera movements as well as time-lapse photography, this film by American director Ron Fricke delivers absolutely breath-taking visuals. Whether it's awe-inspiring vastness or the close-up of a human face, its narration-less narrative integrates every aspect of human and natural life regardless of scale or location. The scope of this effort is truly awe-inspiring and the clarity of it has to be seen to be believed. An unusual and magical film!

Comments

One of the most incredible documentaries I have ever seen! It is different, it has an very special atmosphere and says so much without a single word… It takes you on a journey around the world with beautiful, original shots. It is definitely an experience I would recommend!

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