Samsara PG-13

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SAMSARA reunites the filmmakers of the award winning film BARAKA. Filmed over five years in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA takes us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, and natural wonders.

Starring:
Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

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Samsara

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Ron Fricke
Starring Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi
Supporting actors Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika, Marcos Luna, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Olivier De Sagazan, Ladyboys of Cascade Bar, Kikumaru, Crisanto Neire, Robert Henline, Tai Lihua, Collin St. Dic
Studio Freestyle Digital Media
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The music and locations were amazing, flowed together very well.
Elizabeth
I remember seeing a good movie and thinking, "Well...I liked BARAKA better."
Brian Hatfield
The film, as I said, also shows some of the most beautiful images.
Andrew C. Miller

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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2012
Format: DVD
Just about 30 years ago, "Koyaaniqatsi" was released, a visually overwhelming movie of "life out of balance", and now we get a 21st century update of sorts in this movie.

"Samsara" (2011 release; 99 min.) is a movie in a similar vein as the previously mentioned "Koyaanisqatsi", bringing powerful and at times stunning visuals of our world. The film was made over a 4 year period in over 20 countries, and when I saw it this weekend in the theatre, I was nothing short of amazed of what I saw. I witnessed images I never thought I would see, none more so than the footage of the gathering of hundreds of thousands Muslims gathering in Mecca, brought in stunning visuals, including some time-lapsed footage. Wow, just wow. But there is a lot more. Beware, there are scenes in the movie that are not for the weak of heart, including a number of consumer-oriented scenes (too hard to explain in words, you'll have to see it for yourself). I enjoyed this movie from start to finish, and it rolled by in no time.

As in any of these types of documentaries, the music plays a significant role, since there is no dialogue. The soundtrack is quite nice, mostly by now 62 yr. ambient musician Michael Sterns but it's not quite at the same level of Philip Glass's memorable music in Koyaanisqatsi. But it's a minor quibble. This movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2011, and I don't know why it has taken a year to reach the movie theatres, but better late than never. This movie is MILES away from your standard Hollywood commercial fare, but if you are in the mood for something different, "Samsara" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on September 13, 2012
Format: DVD
I made the right choice. I went to see "Samsara" in 70mm at the theater and was shocked how breathtaking the film was. The film begins with Balinese women performing a sacred ritual dance and ends with a group of other dancers duplicating a many-armed goddess of an Eastern religion.

There is no narration...just one image bleeding into another - of both the sacredness of life and its opposite. Although quite a few of these images are familiar to us....they are photographed in such a stunning way - with such depth of field - that they feel fresh again. Examples would be architectural long shots of Gothic Cathedral interiors with multi-colored, perfect stained glass windows, the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles lit by chandeliers, a gorgeous shot of Bryce Canyon National Park, a widescreen view of dozens of ancient Indonesian temples in a lush background of green, or time lapse photography of night Los Angeles with its sparkling lights and streaming cars. Yes...it is truly similar to "Baraka", done by the same cinematographer - but I actually prefer "Samsara". It moved me more profoundly.

Yet, there are troubling - even terrifying images of what mankind is doing to our earth - the reckless creation of enormous rubbish piles of discarded electronics, the mechanized slaughter of mass numbers of chickens and cows in agribusiness, the frightening journey of miners who must hand carry sulfur out of a pit of hell, the senseless distribution of modern guns to the remotest regions of the planet. Alas, the pictures that disturbed me the most were ones in which hordes of people are wearing the same brightly colored uniform, doing the same task over and over again...from Chinese factory workers to Hispanic prisoners. Totalitarianism...or a brave new world.

This is a film that will make you think, and perhaps most important, make you choose. What environment do you want to live in?
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By jolbac on September 2, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Yes it's a beautiful film about life the struggle between man and nature.ideological based strife
And those that have a lot materially and those that don't. It's shot at 65mm then processed onto 4k digital. The opening shots of a lava eruption both day and night shots are simply stunning. There are some disturbing shots that have to do with slaughter of chickens and pigs so keep this in mind. There are tender shots too so do not despair. The breadth of imagery is so rich, powerful and really unforgettable it will enrich you 4.5 stars
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
Format: DVD
This amazing Special Interest Documentary was filmed over a four year period in twenty-five countries on five continents, which produces breathtaking visual effects of natural wonders, sacred grounds, and other exciting places. Director Ron Fricke transports us all around the globe through lush, gorgeous images as each incredible photo tells a story of the world we live in. This fascinating trip around the world onscreen takes us to mysterious places we have never seen, from the mundane to the miraculous. We experience the ultimate, appealing wordless meditation, an unforgettable experience. This captivating film chronicles birth, life, death, and destruction. The cycles of life are witnessed through silent, visual mind-blowing storytelling. In addition, there is an emotional power behind each image as the film reflects on society, humanity, and nature. Soothing music, such as a harp infuses the ancient with the modern, illuminating the connection between humanity and nature. As we continue to travel, we will see Chinese factory workers, the freeways of L.A.,and the moon traveling over a desert sky. However, this thrilling ride doesn't stop there as we view a young African mother and child, a chicken factory, destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina and much more. Some beautiful images will uplift our spirits, and other photos will have us asking silent questions. The ride is inspiring and enjoyable. Technical achievements are remarkable. Overall, refreshing, and very interesting!
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