This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Samsara is a word that describes the ever turning wheel of life. It is a concept both intimate and vast - the perfect subject for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose previous collaborations include Chronos and Baraka, and who, in the last 20 years, have travelled to over 58 countries together in the pursuit of unique imagery. Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.
Cool feature-length adaptation of Madonna's "Ray of Light" video [THIS HAS BEEN A JOKE ABOUT TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY. THANKS FOR READING.]
While undeniably beautiful, this film left a bad taste in my mouth. Samsara is a series of images, cut together in fairly rapid succession, taking the viewer on a “global” tour of the “cultures of the world”. Some images are meant to be purely aesthetically beautiful (which they are), some images are meant to be confrontational. But as these are just images, without context, and in the absence of any explicit narrative, the meaning comes from montage, and I did not care for that meaning.
Yes, there is confrontation, but there is also exploitation and exoticization. Unlike (from what I hear) Baraka, Samsara concerns itself mainly with humans. The near absence of white people, except for a few shots from…
While just as visually and technically awe-inspiring as Baraka, Samsara feels much more anthropocentric, which diminishes that feeling of universality contained in its predecessor. Still, for someone who does not usually search out documentaries, Fricke's two masterworks, coupled with the recently watched Bestiaire (thanks for putting it on the radar, Marcissus), have got me craving more non-narrative and lyrical films. I'm looking at you, Qatsi trilogy.
Ron Fricke’s first film in twenty years, Samsara, is another bold and dazzling explosion of images from around the world chronicling the progression of life and interconnectedness of the human race. Those familiar with Fricke’s stunning Baraka will know what to expect from his latest non-narrative globetrotting odyssey that took five years to make and explores human life on five continents.
Shot on 70mm film you’ll be hard pressed to find a more visually resplendent cinematic treat for the eyes. It is a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of unforgettable images that threaten to overwhelm the audience in their beauty. The colours are eye-poppingly vibrant, the textures tactile and it contains some truly breathtaking time lapse photography. As a work of visual…
It's all just sand
My 100th review! This is a movie that I was nervous to see, mainly because Baraka was a piece of art that had spoken to me in such a powerful way I didn't want to experience "Baraka light" or a Baraka knockoff. It is sometimes unfair to compare a directors works against each other (especially if you have an emotional connection to something) instead of just taking the work on its own. Listening to a new album or seeing a new movie should valued on its own at first, then maybe compared against other works later.
The message I get from this movie is that life is short, the existence of the world is long, and…
Whoa! What a truly inspirational movie! I was totally blown away!
My boyfriend described it as a "big fuck off PowerPoint" but even he was blown away by it.
I have so many question, I wish there were subtitles for each image so I knew where it was or what was happening. On the other hand, that could ruin the film's beauty.
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Like Koyaanisqatsi (director Ron Fricke being director of photography on that film), Samsara is a wordless tour of the world. To call it a documentary would be a stretch but it is, by far, one of the most beautiful things I think I've seen.
Samsara is an amazing experience that literally takes us around the world, through natural wonders, man-made wonders, civilisations lost, forgotten and ignored, and everywhere in between. It is a tour of wonder and the film simply wants to show you beauty of all kinds. And it is this that ends up being the film's greatest…
The most unbelievable silent documentary I've ever seen. If you have an obsession with stunning imagery in places around the world that you most likely haven't seen, watch this the whole way through. Your mind will be blown.
This film review can be broken down into three parts, spirit, story, and aesthetic.
The spiritual aspect of this film is culturally driven. A full emphasis on the human experience, from religion to our environment. The movie expresses through colorful, cultural imagery the intertwining connections that all humans share, no matter there status, nor religion. To sum up, it was like a two hour long version of the Sense8 opening theme.
On first glance the scenes seem to be random, like the movie is playing global hopscotch. Once each scene is taken apart, it can be noticed that a linear design is at play. First we start with traditional culture, those isolated from the other parts of the world. As…
inspiring and very aesthetically pleasing
I wish I saw it on a huge screen
at first, it was truly a audio-visual mediation, but then it transitioned into the industrial world and I became more and more disturbed.
wHAT is that man doing with the clay. no thank u. pls stop. did not have to see that. very disturbed. and scared. wow stop. y did they include him. no.
kinda wished they told us where things were or what was going on, or if a particular performance was staged or if it always usually happens, but I realize that this will probably undermine the whole "just imagery" purpose
after reading some other reviews about this movie, I realize there maybe was…
A simultaneous love letter towards and indictment of this planet. Pure visual poetry. Beautiful. Meditative. Stunning. Provoking. This is a pure cinematic experience.
This thing is BRUTAL! Fantastic journey, I mean I think I understood the whole universe the cycle of life just in this 2 hours.
I feel like I leveled up in life
Movies that are slightly off.
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