A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's ... See full summary »



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Tenzin Tashi ...
Jamayang Jinpa ...
Sherab Sangey ...
Kelsang Tashi ...
Tsepak Tsangpo ...
Chen Tulku
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A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's struggle to keep her enlightened love and life in the world. But their destiny turns, twists and comes to a surprise ending... Written by Monsoon Films

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Rated R for strong sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »

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30 April 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Kelly Dorji was offered the lead role but declined. See more »


Tashi blows up a stick of wood he is using to light butterlamps. Tibetan people don't blow on flames, since this is regarded as damaging to your health. See more »


Written on Stone: How can one prevent a drop of water from ever drying up?
Written on Stone: By throwing it into the sea...
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Crazy Credits

Credits scroll from the top to bottom of the screen. See more »


Featured in Remember Me, My Love (2003) See more »


Written by Dadon
Lyrics by H.H. 6th Dalai Lama
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Sex and Spirituality
27 May 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

'Samsara' tells the story of Tashi, a young Tibetan Buddhist monk, who renounces monastic life in favour of a relationship with a beautiful young woman named Pema. Together they have a child and as the story unfolds Tashi's life in the material world becomes increasingly complex and difficult.

The movie successfully captures the difference between the contemplative life of a Buddhist monk, and the worldly life of a husband. This is most clearly shown in the stark contrast between the opening sequence of the movie, where Tashi is in a long meditation retreat, and the sensual sex scenes later on.

The majestic landscapes of Ladakh, one of India's most remote regions, provide a pristine Himalayan backdrop. And the original soundtrack and chanting is haunting at times.

The movie has English sub-titles and moves along quite slowly with limited dialogue and many pregnant pauses. This may be disconcerting for some viewers, but to me this reflective mood seemed appropriate for the subject-matter.

'Samsara' could be said to build on the groundwork provided by popular movies such as 'Seven Years in Tibet' and 'Kundun', to provide a more authentic and detailed portrayal of the vicissitudes of life and culture in central Asia. (If you enjoy 'Samsara' you may also like 'The Cup'.) This award-winning movie can only enhance a growing interest in Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

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