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HD   PG-13

Ron Fricke

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About the Movie

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for their combining visual and musical artistry. 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. Filmed over a period of almost five years in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. 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.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 77
  • Fresh: 59
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Samsara stares at Asian temples, African tribesmen, and chickens bound for slaughter with the same blank eye. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 6, 2012

Fresh: A Balinese dancer, an African tribesman, a disfigured marine, a Japanese stripper all stand composed, confident, and dignified, daring you to break the gaze. – Ken Marks, New Yorker, Sep 24, 2012

Fresh: "Samsara" is gorgeous. And sometimes, depending on expectations, looks are enough. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Sep 6, 2012

Rotten: "Samsara" is a ravishing visual experience, but it carries a message that at least some viewers will find less than compelling. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 7, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Brilliant in every way

This film should have been in every theater in the world.

" Eye-opener "


Samsara is a visual splendor in once in a lifetime shots around the world, if you enjoy beauty and travel this will not disappoint!

A spiritual experience

As if the world reflected upon itself inside the mind of the movie viewer.