Samsara (15)

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Chinese dancers throw their hands in the air and wave them like they just don't care in Samsara

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Posted: Tue Aug 28 2012

Ron Fricke photographed ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ in 1982, directed ‘Baraka’ ten years later, and now takes us on another wordless global journey in ‘Samsara’ – its title derived from a Sanskrit word suggesting the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. Anyone who’s seen either of those previous films will, however, note the endless recycling of similar images and juxtapositions here, as Fricke’s camera circles the planet in search of pompous spectacle. Clearly, he’s a gifted cinematographer, since the shots of temple dancers, sand-blasted landscapes and teeming metropolitan chaos are often astonishing in their palpable texture and eye-boggling detail. The results, however, amount to little more than a giant flick-book of ‘wow’ moments, because Fricke’s fall-back position, where slow/ancient/natural is good and fast/modern/synthetic is bad, amounts to formulaic eco-preachiness unlikely to sway hearts and minds. Almost three decades on from ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ and we’re still stuck on speeded-up Tokyo commuters cut to twiddly music? Fricke’s film reminds us there’s an inspiring world out there, but his approach is badly in need of creative rebirth.
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15

UK release:

Fri Aug 31, 2012

Duration:

102 mins

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Director:

Ron Fricke

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Hamish

Samsara is a masterpiece, though perhaps not everyone, including the reviewer above, are open to its profundity...

Hamish

Samsara is a masterpiece, though perhaps not everyone, including the reviewer above, are open to its profundity...

Ed

Shocking review, so off the mark. Wonderful 100 minutes with some stunning moments.

Amanda

I have rarely come out of a film so moved. I feel this film has changed the way I will look at so much around me. I feel sorry for TJ that his eyes are so veiled.

Amanda

I have rarely come out of a film so moved. I feel this film has changed the way I will look at so much around me. I feel sorry for TJ that his eyes are so veiled.

Simona

Well, hopefully most users of Time Out have learnt the code by now: a 1-star or 2-star review means GO SEE ~ absolutely unmissable film. Delighted at another Ron Fricke film, so pleased it is getting distribution on the big screen ~ and it deserves the biggest screen. I saw it at the Curzon Mayfair and hopefully it will continue to be shown on enough large screens for long enough so that as many people as possible on the planet will see it, despite the mean-spirited reviews of nobodies like Mr Trevor Johnston, film critic. Ron Fricke and his films will live on forever, unlike Mr TJ,

Simona

Well, hopefully most users of Time Out have learnt the code by now: a 1-star or 2-star review means GO SEE ~ absolutely unmissable film. Delighted at another Ron Fricke film, so pleased it is getting distribution on the big screen ~ and it deserves the biggest screen. I saw it at the Curzon Mayfair and hopefully it will continue to be shown on enough large screens for long enough so that as many people as possible on the planet will see it, despite the mean-spirited reviews of nobodies like Mr Trevor Johnston, film critic. Ron Fricke and his films will live on forever, unlike Mr TJ,

Marco

I agree with this, although do you not think that as far as cliche' juxtapositions go Fricke has a special license to kill? At the end of the day, you're talking of the man that invented half of them. In my books he can carry on doing exactly what he does best, it's someone else's job to innovate the themes. I'm not he's after creative rebirth after all, but I understand your point of view..