Darshan, The Embrace
Darshan, The Embrace (2006)

Dobermann and Blueberry director Jan Kounen offers further testament to his fascination with spirituality in this documentary exploring the healing power of touch as exhibited by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (aka Amma, the "Hugging… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Her teachings are trite.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Unless you're already a true believer, Amma comes across in Darshan as a perfect angel, a frustrating enigma and a rather dull cinematic subject.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Lacks both narrative edge and a complex world view.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

You may walk away from Darshan, if it moves you at all, smiling yourself. After all, we could all use a hug.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Director Jan Kounen clearly reveres his subject, too; you begin yearning for some skeptics to restore the balance, but they never appear.

Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com

a beautifully filmed portrait of a woman who embodies a human love that is nothing short of miraculous

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John Anderson
Newsday

Less National Geographic and more personal history would have added a dimension to Darshan.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Kounen captures the squalor of Indian everyday life, as well as the tranquil faces and holy places of everything that passes his camera's gaze.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

It may have been Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage" who coined the phrase "hug it out," but it's Indian guru Amma who lives it.

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