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Darshan: The Embrace (2005)

Darshan - L'étreinte (original title)
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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. She makes it a point to greet and hug ... See full summary »

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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. She makes it a point to greet and hug everyone who comes for her Darshan, sometimes hugging as many as 45000 people in a 21 hour period. She also heads a Ashram that feeds the hungry and looks after the homeless, apart from being involved in several housing projects in India, and has displayed a special empathy for both humans and animals alike. She has also traveled to France and North America, and has preached about peace and goodwill especially in these troubled times. She has also traveled extensively in India, especially to Kolkata and Varanasi, where she was greeted with millions of devotees. She cautions everyone that during Ramrajya, Lord Ram had to travel across the seas to fight evil; then during the time of Lord Kishan evil was fought not only on the homeland but also with friends and relatives; and now in the current age evil ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Get Your Darshan...
29 September 2006 | by jackihollywoodSee all my reviews

If you are expecting a glossy, high quality picture or travelogue of some of the magnificent sites of India, you will be sadly disappointed. The work of a true master in service to humanity is seldom glamorous. Any illusions to the contrary will be put firmly to rest in the very first scene. Those who miss the true impact of this movie, the fact that it's very beauty lies in its simplicity will have missed the big picture. This is the perfect metaphor for Amma, herself.

I have met Amma and received darshan several times. I will admit, that though I have always respected her efforts, I did have some question as to her true motives. This movie quelled any doubts that I may have had with regard to her authenticity. In the opening scene of the movie we see her perform something so shockingly compassionate, that a Western mind can hardly comprehend it.

I have never been to India. The stark reality of the living conditions in this region firmly reminds one to be grateful for life in these United States. Though it may sound illogical, in my humble estimation even the homeless appear to have it better here. It's not every day that we are thrust into "lifestyle of the citizens of an emerging nation." If the sole intention for making this film was to stir the mind as well as the heart, then it is worthy of an academy award.


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Océan Films [France]

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30 November 2005 (France) See more »

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EUR1,000,000 (estimated)
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