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30 November 2005 (France) See more »
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
(in alphabetical order)
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
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
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
Location Management
Vans Pradeep Singh Rathore .... location manager
Other crew
Blanche Aurore Duault .... publicist
Marine Meillan .... production assistant
Julien Lecat .... thanks
Jean-Pierre Marois .... special thanks
Gabriella Wright .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Darshan - L'étreinte" - France (original title)
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106 min | Germany:96 min | USA:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Brazil:18 | Germany:0 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)
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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Painfully slow and boring, 12 August 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

This is the story of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, an Indian mystic who teaches about love and peace and helps the poor and downtrodden. Well not so so much a story but a meditation on her and her work. It is filled with some of the most beautiful photography I have seen in a long time and nicely brings us to a particular place that is alien to most of the world. The film is also painfully dull and boring.

Call me unbeliever or a person with no attention span but this film had me nodding off ten minutes in. I learned nothing I didn't already know from brief TV exposes on the same woman. What am I suppose to get out of this film? That she is a nice person healing the sick and giving hope to the broken? I knew that going in. I wanted a sense of her as a human being (or since some say she is not human a reason to believe otherwise) , instead I got nice scenery and people gushing about this wonderful person who made a deep difference in their lives. Thats nice but how is that going to help me? I don't have a clue. Nothing in this film made me feel anything other than if I wanted a nap I could have saved the admission price and stayed home.

Don't get me wrong I do like films that are essentially meditations, Werner Herzog's Wheel of Time springs to mind, but where Herzog engaged your spirit he also engaged your mind and made you think as well as feel. That never happened here.

If you want to see some beautiful scenes of India see this movie. If you want to be enlightened spiritually or otherwise look elsewhere.

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