Samsara: movie review
Director Ron Fricke's movies aren't much more than travelogues, but the range of locations is impressive.
Ron Fricke, who brought us â€śBaraka,â€ť is back with another one of his globe-hopping, big-screen, oh-wow documentaries. â€śSamsaraâ€ť is even more vertiginous and abstract and New Agey than â€śBaraka,â€ť with rapid-fire views of, oh, letâ€™s see: Yosemite, the Himalayas, Mecca with its thousands of pilgrims during hajj, 1,000 Hand Goddess dancers from China, Gothic cathedrals, Versailles, Jersualemâ€™s Wailing Wall, Angolaâ€™s Epupa Falls â€“ and this is only a small sampling.
What does it all mean? Iâ€™m not convinced that Frickeâ€™s movies are much more than exalted travelogues, but you certainly feel as if youâ€™ve been somewhere after youâ€™ve seen one of them. Grade: B (Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and sexual images.)