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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.
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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…
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.
It really sucks that with all the beauty that is shown in the film, the only thing that I can relate to in Samsara are the moments that take place in Costco, and the moment that takes place in the burger joint.
Samsara falls victim of a lot of the same problems as Baraka, but I would say that its success's are bigger than Baraka. Pretty much every location that was visited in both films is better shot in Samsara. The Mecca sequence in particular stands out as an example of this. It is really unfortunate then that Samsara strays into the heavy handed category near the end of the film. All the gun stuff is eye rolling, as is…
I enjoyed this more the second time; I felt like the symbolism and imagery felt more cohesive and connected, providing more substance than I felt there was the first time. It's hard to write about this film all that anyone really needs to know is that it's stunningly beautiful and poignantly strange and creepy at times, and it will leave you thinking about all manner of things in the world.
It's not as good as Ron Fricke's previous film Baraka, but it's still a really good (and GORGEOUS!) movie.
Never have I felt so emotionally impacted by a film with no words.
If you ever want to see something truly beautiful, check this film out on Netflix. It will blow your mind at how beautiful the earth is.
An ode to the beauty of the world and of the life that inhabits it.
The world is enormous and this film gives me an overwhelming desire to leave New York.
I really wish I could arrange my thoughts about this film
its like all the movies ever been made in one film
Aaron Sorkin's best yet.
Shines in its juxtapositions, absolutely glows purely on the merits of its visual play. Great stuff.
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
Some of the greatest camerawork of all-time, in my opinion.