This disingenuous insemination of Dharma shows oriental cultures not as they are but instead patronizes their beliefs as a commodity to awe the effortlessly amused Euro-female audience who love to post pictures of their trips to Thailand on social media. 2/5 would pretend to be deep again.
I'm reluctant to say anything unkind, since it was obviously a feat of patience and skill to amass the stunning footage. But the images are joined by the barest of threads, too facile to be revelatory, intelligent or profound. The music is likewise a disjointed pastiche of aural cliches. The staged moments were especially jarring, rendering the images suspect, invalidating the message.
We live simultaneously in the most beautiful and disgusting (by our own fault) place of the universe. This was one of the fastest hour-and-a-half that I spent watching something. Every take of this documentary is a photography (it reminded me of "The Tree of Life") and it took me to wonderful places that I didn't even knew. Amazing experience, really! After this I'm excited to see 1992's "Baraka".
Not nearly as good as Baraka. This covers much of the same ground but in a somehow less impactful way. The individual bits didn't come together well in the way they did in Baraka.
Of course it's a technical marvel, with jaw dropping photography, but so many self-conciously mind-blowing images in a row became a bit numbing. I found it slightly superficial in a way Baraka wasn't. Some incredible sequences, though.
This film is empty, offering up images as supposed replacement for context, but those images are too deliberate. What can you derive from such a film except a facile view of "we're all connected" or "we all live". If the director had merely LABELED each segment, it would be worthwhile as we could all leave and delve into information, rather than the illusion that we've learned something just be sitting and gaping.
Samsara doesn't break new ground in fact it follows in its own footsteps (some shots are repeats from earlier fricke / reggio films ex. time-lapse at mont st. michel etc). But I still found it to be incredibly moving. The shots of Mecca, for instance, are worth the entire film. Samsara is at best a wonderful meditation on what it means to be human. There is a flicker behind the eyes, be they stone, machine, or flesh.