December 26, 2012

Samsara (2011)

Samsara (2011)
Directed by: Ron Fricke
Country: USA

Review: Watching “Samsara” is one of those unique experiences that one shouldn’t miss. Without narrative, it follows the same approach of “Baraka” from 1992, which also had Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson (producer) as leading team. A picturesque world tour, where the beauty and joy of some images counterbalance with the sadness and disappointment of some others. The powerful images speak for themselves, with the editing being extremely important to achieve the final outcome. Even wordless, some topics are evident: spirituality, nature, war, art, abundance, abandonment, beliefs, cultures, chaos, human creativity, massive labor, construction, destruction… “Samsara” is like the whole world inside a film, and even without a pronounced main theme or the immediate impact of “Koyaanisqatsi” (my favorite of the genre), still is a hypnotic accomplishment.

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