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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

excellent first effort from a promising young director

Author: logicbranch from United States
3 September 2011

This documentary begins without much excitement: OK, so the recent film-school graduate admires the famous director David Lynch (his girlfriend accuses him of being obsessed) and since David Lynch likes and recommends transcendental meditation, the young man (the director) also gives TM a try. Just when I was asking myself why the director wasn't looking at TM with a more critical eye, things got very interesting. I don't want to give too much away, but eventually both David Lynch and the TM organization threaten to sue the young film-maker. And the whole thing got started because he was nuts about Lynch! There is also a sub-plot about his (the young director's) personal life which helps the viewer connect with the main character. This film is well worth viewing, especially for those who sometimes think about investigating more thoughtful, alternative approaches to life.

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

A refreshingly unpretentious film.

Author: uf36
19 March 2012

A young director, who adores David Lynch, wants to learn transcendental meditation. He approaches TM with an unbiased naivety which is slightly shocking. But soon he detects more and more discrepancies in the TM organisation. The TM guys, including Mr Lynch, who at first were very cooperative, now want him to stop filming. When Sieveking begins to meet TM renegades, the organisation gets outright hostile. Lynch threatens to sue him. The film, however, stays pure record-keeping of events. And Sieveking turns to the source. He flies to India to visit the monastery where Marashiri learned his meditation. The successor of Marashiri's teacher says that Marashiri was a crook who had no right to teach meditation and sends Sieveking to the spring of the Ganges for enlightenment. Again, Sieveking does not challenge the words of the guru. The film takes the viewer on a journey. It's Sieveking's journey. Sieveking has not tried to edit the earlier material in the light of his later experiences. And exactly that is what makes this documentary so lively.

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Summary and a main question.

Author: Tarek Fouad
7 January 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Summary of the movie: People seek enlightenment, but follow deceitful gurus that care only about taking ones' money. The movements gurus use girls for sex and use men for their money then discard them, but ironically, still millions of dollars donated to him and people followed him. Also, one can learn that what a child believe in will stay with him/her to the end of his/her life. So individuals need to be careful about what their children learn. The main question one would think after the movie is: why people like to follow fake gurus blindly and why the followers of the right movements do not effectively attract seeking people?

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