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30 November 2005 (France) See more »
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Malayalam-speaking Mata Amritanandamayi was born near Kochi, Kerala, India and is one of the most well-known saintly persons of this millennium... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jan Kounen 
 
Writing credits
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Manuel De La Roche 
Jan Kounen 

Produced by
Soo-jun Bae .... co-producer
Karl Baumgartner .... co-producer
Raphaël Berdugo .... co-producer
Manuel De La Roche .... producer
Tristan Frachon .... producer
Jan Kounen .... co-producer
Dileep Singh Rathore .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jean-Jacques Hertz 
François Roy 
 
Cinematography by
Sebastien Pentecouteau 
 
Film Editing by
Anny Danché 
 
Production Management
Vans Pradeep Singh Rathore .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurence Guérault .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Nicolas Becker .... sound designer
Alain Féat .... sound editor
Manuel Karakas .... re-recording assistant
Laurent Lafran .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Roxane Fechner .... visual effects supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ludovic Centonze .... post-production
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Mickael Dumontier .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... lustre editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Clement Zveguintzoff .... digital conformation
 
Other crew
Marine Meillan .... production assistant
Vans Pradeep Singh Rathore .... location manager
 
Thanks
Julien Lecat .... thanks
Jean-Pierre Marois .... special thanks
Gabriella Wright .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Darshan - L'étreinte" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
106 min | Germany:96 min | USA:92 min
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Brazil:18 | Germany:o.Al. | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)
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Eastern religion, as shot by Leni Riefenstahl, 24 June 2010
Author: ManFromSanFernando from United States

Darshan is a truly magnificent film, if only for the cinematography itself. It captures the masses, the festival, the obliteration of the individual in an out pouring of religious ecstasy in a way that rivals Riefenstahl's documentation of the pseudo-Catholic mass political rallies of the Nazis. The cinematographer has clearly taken a page out of Riefenstahl's book, showing the religious individual as a tiny speck in a sea of uniformly dressed humanity. The camera sweeps across the crowds, many amazing shots are taken from high above, showing the groups as one pulsating, living organism. Again, similar to Leni's work and in contrast to the long shots of the religious worshipers, the camera only zooms in on Amma's figure, showing many close ups and dwelling on her cherubic face, which often breaks into a smile. The visual language clearly communicates the psychology of this religious group, which is a huge achievement. Many religious documentaries are made without passion, meant somehow to conform with secular society. Darshan's creators passion for the material shines through every movement of the camera, which is oblivious to what outside world may think about huge crowds of uniformed people in religious communion with a saint who hugs people for a living. This film deserves more play.... I saw it on Sundance or IFC, so hopefully this can be seen by more people outside of religious scholars or Darshans followers.

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