2011, Society  -   27 Comments
Ratings: 8.80/10from 101 users.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means the ever turning wheel of life and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.

By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

From sweeping landscapes to time-lapse sequences of the night sky and from exclusive looks into the processing of food to the consumption and effects it has on the human body, Samsara is nothing short of astounding.

Modern technology, production lines, and human robotics are juxtaposed against a backdrop of deserts, garbage mounds as far as the eye can see, and traffic congestion in modern centres.

The time-lapse footage is simply transcendent. Simply astonishing. The richness, depth and clarity of colour and image achieved within the processes utilized gives birth to the most beautiful visual meditation ever witnessed. - IMDb.

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27 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Doc lover

    @ Abamovich: Not sure how this documentary could be disappointing, even if similar to Baraka. Best advice: Enjoy the nuances, save disappointment for something that deserves it.

  2. Abamovich

    Almost a complete and inferior copy of Baraka from the 90s, disappointing lack of originality.

  3. Anon

    Wonderfully made...moves from one theme to another in a nice way from nature to religion to society to economic disparity to indulgent creations and then back to nature....however, it is strange that the movie is named Samsara and there is nothing from india even though there are lots of stuff from china, buddhism and few things related to hinduism in thailand..need to find out why the country has been ignored!

    1. KayxRory

      Have you seen Baraka? Some beautiful imagery from India in that film.

    2. Anon

      not yet...will check it out...thx

  4. Sand

    A great documentary with amazing images. Never seen anything like the photage from mecca, one can believe that they're able to summon a god like pressence with all those people praying.

  5. Manu Hashidate

    Stunning, really! I was gonna say 'watch it from 45.00min onwards, but 'went-back and found it to pretty phrikkin' amazing!

  6. Ilona Randall

    Beautiful images but it didn't do anything to me. I'm getting bored with it. Someone might find some meaning to this.

    I had no idea what this was about.

  7. Steve Moyer

    We have too much focus on entertainment. When do we get organized and DO something to actually change the world rather than just make another spectacular movie?

  8. $27664738

    Film lacks thought, originality, quality. One of the worst I have seen.

  9. dejan

    Well done but same as Baraka from 1992 which in my humble opinion was better

  10. disqus_LwkNrA0GOJ

    Just spectacular - I was the whole video completely mesmerised with the time-lapse sequences. Thanks!

  11. Sonia O

    I thought it was inspirational deserves to be watched again.

  12. Jack Dempsey

    The world will heal when we give up JudeoChristian myths of the purpose and end of history and get back to where we started in Minoan Crete---living for this day, the eternal present, the now-hub of the eternally revolving cosmic wheel.

    1. a_no_n

      except we didn't start in Minoan Crete.

  13. Desigoogly

    nice documentary...

  14. bringmeredwine

    whoa, really enjoyable to watch and fun to guess where we were and what we were looking at.
    Some disturbing scenes to do with animals being used for food production.
    I didn't like the opera music at the beginning because the woman's voice got on my nerves, but that's just me.
    Very beautiful film. Would love to have seen it on IMAX.

  15. TheOxfiles

    The temple complex from the air at the beginning i found out is Bagan in Myanmar. I also just found out next years Holiday destination.

  16. bionara

    I saw this at a Cineworld cinema in London. Was fantastic on the huge cinema screen with a killer sound system. Thank you Cineworld!

  17. samsara

    One of the very best doc I've seen for along time. thanks for uploading

  18. Anti

    Excellent...beautifully done..

  19. goodkat

    One of the best docus I've ever seen, period. Should be viewed in HD though :) Alot of eyecandy

    1. Sarah Fillmore

      In addition to Baraka, you should also check out the "Qatsi" triology if you haven't already. Koyaanisqatsi is the best of the three.

    2. Craig Imig

      Samsara did remind me of Koyaanisquatsi, which came out about thirty years ago. In fact the same person did the cinematography, Ron Fricke. There was more weirdness in Samasara.