MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 80 this week

Samsara (2001)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 4,869 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 33 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

Karl Baumgartner, obituary
| ScreenDaily
Karl Baumgartner dead at 65
| ScreenDaily
Karl Baumgartner, 1949-2014
| ScreenDaily

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 12 Sep 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 21 Oct 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 10 May 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Samsara" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Samsara (2001)

Samsara (2001) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Samsara.
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Baraka (1992)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke
Samsara (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Shi Ba is a self-employed profiteer, skilled in deceiving, bragging, speculating and playing. He deceives others, who fool him too

Director: Jianxin Huang
Stars: Hongshen Jia, Fuli Jin, Han Lei
Totality (1999)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A unique look at total eclipses, capturing the experience within the scenery of a wide range of settings around the planet, from ancient ruins to city skylines. Totality is constantly ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Mallery
Chronos (1985)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Director: Ron Fricke
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A greatest Asian love story, an unforgettable tale about passion, death and reincarnation. A mesmerizing Himalayan epic that spans two centuries, from the Silk Route of the early 19th century to the bustling metropolis of modern-day Tokyo.

Director: Pan Nalin
Stars: Milind Soman, Mylène Jampanoï, Naseeruddin Shah
Journey of Hanuman (Video 2013)
Documentary | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

"JOURNEY OF HANUMAN" Preserves moments still existing in India that have not been disturbed by globalization and are connected with the antique spiritual knowledge of India. I wanted to ... See full summary »

Director: Lola Creel
Stars: Peter Coyote, Arun Mathai, Bekah Rife
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Sadhu who renounced the society, adopts a baby renounced by society.

Director: Pan Nalin
Stars: Bhole Baba, Hatha Yogi Baba, Pant Shirt Baba
Amongst White Clouds (Video 2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A journey exploring the practices of Chinese hermits living in the Zhongnan Mountains.

Director: Edward A. Burger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ayurveda is science of life and art of healing; where body, mind and spirit are given equal importance. This voyage of thousands of miles across India and abroad takes you on a unique ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel
Milarepa (2006)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling
Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro
Powaqqatsi (1988)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Shawn Ku ...
Tashi
Christy Chung ...
Pema
Neelesha BaVora ...
Sujata
Lhakpa Tsering ...
Dawa
Tenzin Tashi ...
Karma
Jamayang Jinpa ...
Sonam
Sherab Sangey ...
Apo
Kelsang Tashi ...
Jamayang
Tsepak Tsangpo ...
Chen Tulku
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jampa Kalsang Tamang ...
Wedding Singer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | | |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

30 April 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Самсара  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Bumblebee
Written by Dadon
Lyrics by H.H. 6th Dalai Lama
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
India is not Tibet
28 July 2003 | by (Sofia, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

I have read all the comments on this film here and I was surprised one more time to see how differently people react to one and the same film. What struck me also was that some of the viewers clearly mistake Tibet for India, because apparently they don't know that there are Buddhists in India as well.

Buddhism has its origins in Hinduism itself as it is believed that Buddha is a reincarnation of lord Vishnu The Preserver, one of the three main Hindu gods. But through the centuries Buddhism slowly developed as an independent religion. The film was shot in Ladakh which is in the Indian Himalayas, not in Tibet and two of the characters go to the town of Leh which is the capital of Ladakh and hence it is also in India. I thought that it is important to clarify these details as I don't think that one should mistake Tibet for India. India is not just Bollywood and as a country living under the phrase "unity in diversity" it surely has lots of different religious communities and lots of different cultures.

As for the film itself - I loved it, not only because it has been so beautifully shot (by the Bulgarian D.P. Rali Ralchev) and not only because it meets us with a part of the world we barely know, but mostly because I could identify with the characters and their desires, anguish, pain, joy, dreams. "Samsara" (the Hindu concept of reincarnation) asks some philosophic questions in a very earthly manner, I think. The ideas of Buddhism, the detachment from earthly life in order to reach enlightenment, the conquering of ourselves, our ego, our earthly desires (to love, to have family, to enjoy the simple but earthly life of a farmer, to possess objects and to command love from the others) are ideas or rather dilemmas that many of us face from time to time. Buddha has said that the middle way is the right way to follow, but how can this way be found? Is it through experiencing the earthly life, then renouncing it and then devoting oneself to the life a monk, choosing the spiritual life in search of the almighty truth and the great soul? This was the way Buddha has chosen - being a prince himself, having a family, and then renouncing it and devoting himself to the life of a recluse, but of a recluse who has reached the enlightenment and a recluse willing to share the truth with the others.

Everyone chooses one's own way. Tashi is a person who asks himself questions and he's a person who searches for his own right path. To say that he is only an egoist who leaves his wife when he gets fed up the life of a family man and a farmer is quite simplistic, I think. I believe he has been very honest from the beginning to the end and that is why he left the monastery at first and came back to it in the end. The important idea that I have discovered was that no matter what kind of path one will choose there will always be an anguish along the way. Maybe it is because of the eternal question unanswered - what to choose - to satisfy all desires or to conquer the one and only? No matter what we choose we will always doubt from time to time that maybe we should have chosen the opposite.

What I really liked about this film also is the fact that it presented us with the female point of view in the final monologue of Tashi's wife Pema. She was given no choice from him when he decided to go back to the monastery. She had to stay behind and take care of their son. She was shown to us as the keeper of the traditions (not allowing her son to play with the modern toy his father bought him from Leh) but at the same time she had that free spirit to make love to the unknown Lama and afterward to even marry him. I liked the sensitivity of the writer / director who cared not only to show us the pain of Pema when realizing she's losing his husband, but also to make her an intelligent woman who thinks and who turns out be as wise and devoted as her Lama husband.


41 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Tne End lora_traykova
What 'Samsara' Means... Vonnie67
samsara pinpop
plz answer punkie_kitty31
song kostoulasjr
Why is this movie considered critical of Buddhism? garretdenton
Discuss Samsara (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?