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Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means "the ever turning wheel of life" and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to perceive themes of circularity and renewal in Samsara, but it takes that level of patience to suffer its frequent low points with silence and good humour."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Once the meditative flow of phenomenal photography takes hold, the virtuosity of the film emerges."
‑ Frances Morton,
"Mesmerising, impressionistic movie in which time-lapse intended to ignite thoughts about the meaning of life, society, technology, God, ecology and robots."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Fricke has made a panoramic film that captures the interconnected world, particularly in developing nations, in all its beauty and ugliness. We're meant to bear witness, to see and to become aware that what we do in America is being seen as well."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
""Samsara" finds the world a little less blessed than it was two decades ago, yet still beautiful, which seems to be the movie's primary message."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"A truly individual, dedicated concept that pulls through by seamlessly flowing in perfect harmonic construction."
‑ Ashley Norris, HeyUGuys
"Beauty and brutality in nature and in humanity are juxtaposed with visual artistry that is a result of both the images themselves and how they are edited together"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"As a viewer, you are cast adrift in a sea of visual wonder, some of which looks like it was filmed on another planet."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A Balinese dancer, an African tribesman, a disfigured marine, a Japanese stripper all stand composed, confident, and dignified, daring you to break the gaze."
‑ Ken Marks, New Yorker
"Fricke and his crew capture such moments as a Hawaiian volcano erupting to life with a stunning, you-are-there clarity. But the film winds up being a collection of striking visuals without any emotional heft."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"By journey's end, the film comes full circle, tying everything together with the notion that even the finest art in the world can dissipate in seconds..."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Magical, spiritual, meditative and calming, Samsara is everything we could ask for - a wondrous, informative and inquisitive work of art."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"This visually spectacular travelogue captures memorable images from every corner. The end result is not just a gorgeous picture show, but also a thought-provoking rumination on our complicated relationship with our home planet."
‑ Michael Sauter, Film Journal International
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