Amazing movie. Be aware that some images are be quite impressive (harsh reality).
Samsara. wow. A documentary filmed over the course of five years in 25 different countries. It's essentially an hour and 42 minutes of some really impressive shots. It's almost something that you would expect someone to be narrating over top of, giving you explanations on purpose, culture and origin, but instead, this documentary chooses to let you observe and interpret for yourself, and it becomes educational as you make it out to be. Putting any interpretations aside, you're still left with some breathtaking shots and emotionally powerful music. But despite there being zero narration, I do believe that there are points being made throughout the film. Now, it shows quite a few different cultures in the movie, and we're able to witness a variety of style, art, and rituals that are completely normal within their culture. And it's when they include similar images of cultures that are more akin to our own, that we're able to see a really interesting parallel. When shown in close proximity to these odd and foreign customs, it's able to show a certain level of ridiculousness in the customs we're already used to. It also shows a healthy variety of what each culture determines to be an art form, ranging all the way from standard theatrical performances, to an edited version of a French performance artist piece called Transfiguration. It's a documentary that allows you to observe, and surprisingly, it is not one that tests your patience. It never lingers on any one shot long enough for you to feel bored, and everything they show is interesting in its own unique way. This is not just a film, it's an experience,and I'd highly recommend watching this on the biggest screen with the best resolution and best sound possible. And let yourself get sucked into the crazy world we call Earth.
Breathtaking. A film that has more meaning than meets the eye. This would have been a perfect ten had the film not suffer from very minor slow and dull moments.
An assault to the senses.. Awesome!!!
A great visual experience..there is no narration or explanation..you just have to experience it..it would be an amazing adventure to see it on a big screen with high quality sound system..the powerful imageries and creative sound effects will take you to a whole other dimension..this film really made me a fan...now I am eager to see director Ron Fricke's previous work 'BARAKA' which is like a prequel to 'SAMSARA'...if I get the chance I will definitely try to watch any sequels to this film...
'Thought provoking' would be the best description for this. Absolutely amazing
Dialog-free vistas and stunning panoramas from the makers of the equally-minimal HD heavyweight Baraka. It's a visual revelation - a shifting, stirring, breathing case study for motion photography - and the kind of cinema that Blu-Ray was born for.
As the direct successor to the aforementioned Baraka, though, direct comparisons are both inevitable and often unfair. In some lights, it does manage to surpass its predecessor, particularly in its series of jaw-dropping long exposure landscapes. That's a surface that was merely scratched before, and Samsara’s renditions are a jolting evolution of the format. In the cases of musical accompaniment, deeper meanings and sheer variety of subject, though, it falls a few steps short of the bar.
This kind of picture isn't for everybody (in fact, it put my family to sleep) and if this is your first rodeo you'd be far better served with Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi, but seasoned fans should welcome the new material... even if it's not quite as grand as previous entries.
This movie will make you interpret some meaning on your own..and also you will wish to see some of these places personally..( But reality is "YOU NEED MONEY MAHA MONEY")