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Samsara -- Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
Samsara -- Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
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Director:
Writers:
Ron Fricke (concept and treatment written by)
Mark Magidson (concept and treatment written by)
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Release Date:
23 August 2012 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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A cinematic experience that you should give yourself See more (71 total) »

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 ... Man 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)
Collin Alfredo St. Dic ... Himself / Cyclist (as Collin St. Dic)
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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and sexual images
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102 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Denmark:7 | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG-13
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Trivia:
The first feature-length film since Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) to be shot entirely on 65mm film.See more »
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Referenced in Dog's, People and Other Life (2015)See more »
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CebuSee more »

40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A cinematic experience that you should give yourself, 19 September 2012
Author: p_jones92 from United States

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.

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