MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 119 this week

Samsara (I) (2011)

8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 13,258 users   Metascore: 65/100
Reviews: 58 user | 106 critic | 24 from Metacritic.com

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director:

Writers:

(concept and treatment written by), (concept and treatment written by)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 25 Dec 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Samsara" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Samsara (2011)

Samsara (2011) on IMDb 8.4/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Samsara.
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Earthlings (2005)
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix
Life in a Day (2011)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.

Directors: Kevin Macdonald, Hiroaki Aikawa, and 22 more credits »
Stars: Hiroaki Aikawa, Cindy Baer, Teagan Bentley
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Joseph
Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate
The Cove (2009)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos
Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones
Food, Inc. (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Stars: Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen
Earth (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Anggun, James Earl Jones
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov
Inside Job (2010)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson
Stars: Matt Damon, William Ackman, Daniel Alpert
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the Ginza Tokio Subway station, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb
Stars: Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama
The Imposter (2012)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton
Stars: Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Balinese Tari Legong Dancers ...
Dancers: Indonesia
Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi ...
Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Puti Sri Candra Dewi ...
Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Putu Dinda Pratika ...
Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Marcos Luna ...
Tattoo Daddy: USA
Hiroshi Ishiguro ...
Professor and Robot Clone: Japan (as Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro)
Olivier De Sagazan ...
Mat At Desk: France
Ladyboys of Cascade Bar ...
Dancers: Thailand
Kikumaru ...
Geisha: Japan
Crisanto Neire ...
Lead Singer: Cebu Provincial Detenton Center, Philippines
Robert Henline ...
U>S> Army Veteran: USA (as Staff Sergeant Robert Henline)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tai Lihua ...
Lead Dancer: 1000 Habds Goddess Dance, China (as Iai Lihua)
...
Himself / Cyclist
Edit

Storyline

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and sexual images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Release Date:

23 August 2012 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Samsara - A lét örök körforgása  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$105,000 (USA) (31 August 2012)

Gross:

$2,601,847 (USA) (21 December 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

For several years the filmmakers attempted to secure permission to film in North Korea, but were ultimately denied access. See more »

Connections

Follows Baraka (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Spheres
Written and performed by Keith Jarrett
Published by Cavelight Music (BMI)
Courtesy of ECM Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A cinematic experience that you should give yourself
19 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came across the trailer for Samsara having never heard anything about it before, or the filmmakers involved, but the trailer alone made me want to check it out. I got to see it in IMAX and I'm glad I did as, as everyone else has said, visually it is stunning, so the bigger the screen you can see it on the better.

I have never seen Fricke's previous work such as Baraka so I had no idea what to truly expect when I sat down before it started. I see people have mentioned they got bored after 30 minutes due to the lack of dialog/narration and that overall it's too long but I couldn't disagree more. From the first scene to last, I was totally engrossed in the visual and audio experience. The juxtaposition of concepts and themes worked, I got to see places and activities I didn't know about in a way I have never seen before. The soundtrack is spot on, capturing and switching the moods perfectly. It moves you.

I see critics have said that the message of Samsara isn't clear but I don't think it needs a message. Seeing Samsara has enhanced my understanding, and appreciation for, the way our world is and works, and what really matters most to us. How many times can you go to the cinema and come out a more knowledgeable person?

Samsara is quite simply a work of art and, like all great art, you interpret it in your own individual way and it makes you think. Do yourself a favor and experience it.


31 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I want to hear ANY thoughts ANYONE has about the performance artist!! mrwilkey
Disturbing scenes DaJaPo
Is there a point? and_hundred
More information about each scene? spam-1420
Islamic chant b-az-ka
But will it be shown in 70mm? deckardb625354
Discuss Samsara (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?