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Samsara (2011)

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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:

Ron Fricke

Writers:

Ron Fricke (concept and treatment written by), Mark Magidson (concept and treatment written by)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

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Release Date:

23 August 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Самсара See more »

Filming Locations:

Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,000, 31 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,601,847, 21 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (8 channels)| Datasat | Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Bali Dance
and "1000 Hands"
Based on "Omaha Clear Skies"
From the CD "Star Songs" &copy 2010
By Bonnie Jo Hunt & Ron Sunsinger
Bonnie Jo Productions & Sunsinger Productions
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Brilliant, but difficult to explain why
15 March 2014 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Brilliant, but difficult to explain why. No plot, no acting (well, except for one scene, but I'll come to that). So, it's a documentary then? Yes, sort of, but there is no narration, nor captions, nor even tags to let you know what or where in the world you are looking at.

In essence, it's a visual documentary on the modern world. Initially it just seems like National Geographic without any commentary: beautiful scenes of temples, nature and places you might want to go as a tourist. However, 100 minutes of random places and things could be boring after a while. Just when you start to think that might well be the case, themes start to emerge: nature, buildings, opulence vs poverty, guns/military, livestock. Pretty much everyday things, and how they are connected.

It is basically a 100-minute stream-of-consciousness exercise, using amazing, totally natural visual imagery (ie no CGI). Enjoy it for where it takes your mind, or just for the images and the drama of everyday life.

Only negative note is the one scene that isn't candid: a performance artist. Very pretentious and pointless and prevents this movie from being perfect.


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