Samsara

{4.5/5} Samsara was released earlier this year. It’s playing at a limited number of theatres, and I encourage you to seek it out — it’s one to see on the big screen.

This is a movie with no dialogue and no plot. It’s a collection of images from around the world, set to music.

It’s not going to blow you away if you’ve seen Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, and Powaqqatsi. On the other hand, it’s always good to be reminded that many people in the world live differently than we do. If you haven’t seen any of these movies, now is the time to do so.

There are scenes of beauty and scenes of destruction — which can have their own beauty, or at least visual interest. There are scenes of stillness and scenes of time lapse movement. Some of these scenes seemed a bit repetitive from other movies like this. But I certainly liked seeing the beautiful scenery from around the world. There are scenes of people and scenes of things people have made.

It seemed to me that most of the scenes were from Asia or Africa. I recognized Petra, Jerusalem, and the pyramids at Giza from my travels. I also recognized Mecca, which is very distinctive.

Is there a message? Everyone will take something different from it. I would say that the basic message is the world is a beautiful place — humans have sometimes added to that beauty and sometimes subtracted from it.

Looking it up, I see that it was filmed over 5 years in 25 countries. “Samsara” is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life.”

The music is generally of an Eastern flavour. Typically when the visuals change the music changes.

The movie was directed by Ron Fricke. I loved his earlier movie Baraka, but haven’t yet seen Chronos.

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