Movies that are slightly off.
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…
That fucked my shit up.
Seriously though, this is something else. Samsara is possibly the most visually stunning film I've ever seen. It explores all cultures around the world, the relationships we have with each other and the environment around us, and the pure insignificance one of us has when compared to the eternal circle of life itself.
Despite this description, the film isn't completely depressing. I felt as though I was going through some sort of cleanse while watching it. Samsara was able to expand my mind and tackle thought-provoking themes with relative grace and visual excellence. It really is quite the experience.
I'm not who I could suggest this to. Its abstract and completely visual storytelling will seem offputting for some, and it's occasionally overbearing social message may annoy others, but for me it was a perfect piece of entertainment. A truly beautiful film.
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…
Arresting, hypnotizing, devastating, and simply awe-inspiring, Samsara is a stunning masterwork of visual artistry with imagery that will truly stick with me for a long time. I wish I had the opportunity to see this on as big a screen as possible.
I went into this film expecting a lot. It's full of symbolism and juxtaposition. It is a film that most would consider boring and slow. And yes it started if slow and ended slow but I think that was intentional. The second act is a void of stunning images that are full of vibrant thought provoking emotions. The 1st and 3rd acts are slow but like I said, intentional. They calm you down with tranquil scenery.
Would recommend to anyone. It's thought provoking.
i felt like I'm ready to watch this for hours,
days, weeks, months, years. Glorified be Allah.
Magical, Brilliant and huge for the 19 year old Farimah. Mesmerized by its music and cinematography. I wish I have watched 'Baraka' first and I wish I could watch them both on the screen they deserve!
interesting concept stymied by hamfisted commentary moves and exoticizing view of Buddhist Asia
Op reis met docuplatform
Un Documentario dalla stupenda fotografia, Un viaggio mistico senza nessuna voce fuoricampo che ci accompagna in una riflessione sulla vita. Se si riesce a resistere al lento ritmo cadiamo perduti nelle nostre sensazioni, Si parte da un vulcano per poi passare ai resti di antiche civiltà, statue e strutture immobili nel tempo, lunghe panoramiche dall alto e veloci Time lapse mostrano i giorni ripetersi, la luce avvolge scenari, Rocce, mummie, templi, una musica sollenne ci accompagna verso posti dove un tempo c'era la vita ma ormai sono dominati dalla sabbia, viaggiamo insieme al vento e ci si sente quasi Dio, vediamo come gli esseri umani sono strane creature, in una scena surreale e grottesca un attore in un ufficio pantomima…
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…