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      Samsara

      R Released Jul 18, 2003 2h 18m Drama Romance List
      100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 89% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings After undergoing 36 months of continuous meditation, Buddhist monk Tashi (Shawn Ku) arrives at a prominent monastery and promptly has a troubling revelation -- he wants to experience sex. When Tashi fails to squelch his growing desire to explore life's carnal pleasures, he leaves the monastery behind. But, as he struggles to adjust after his sudden marriage to local peasant Pima (Christy Chung), he realizes he may lack the tools necessary to cope with everyday troubles and temptations. Read More Read Less

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      Peter Howell Toronto Star A beautifully rendered gem. Rated: 3/5 Aug 13, 2004 Full Review Jennie Punter Globe and Mail A singularly engaging spiritual love story. Rated: 3/4 Aug 13, 2004 Full Review David Hunter Hollywood Reporter Nalin's film has excellent production values and thoroughly transports one to its far-flung world of clear skies, jagged mountains and passionate affairs of the mind and body. Nov 14, 2002 Full Review Liz Braun Jam! Movies This study of desire and destiny is visually [beautiful]. Rated: 4/5 Aug 13, 2004 Full Review Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile Possibly as close to Shangri-La as we will ever get, Samsara is a haunting, cinematic and spiritual love story to savour. Nov 2, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Giang P Best movie about Buddhism so far I have ever watched. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Masterpiece. It is beautifully made film and it has a very deep meaning in it. The quest of one man's struggle to find spiritual enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's struggle to keep her enlightened love. But destiny has other plans for both of them. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best movie dealing with the issue of desires. It doesn't give you a straight answer but leave everything to your interpretation and imagination( obviously). Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Samsara is beyond pretty visuals though that's the first thing you notice. There is a story and a connection between every image in this movie which is a sequel to the similarly made Baraka in 1992. From Tibetian Buddhist retreats to the sprawling freeways of Los Angeles, from pictures of a tattooed hulking giant cuddling his baby to sex dolls being mass produced Samsara will at once shock and humble you. This documentary is universally admired, and you should definitely give it a shot. If you love photography than this is a must watch.(Pretty pictures with underlying themes). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Masterpiece from a true master director. In my list of Ten Movies to watch before you die. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a good movie on a very good subject , very well narrated ....!! Beautiful scenic locales but somehow after reading Pal nalin's words regarding camera work , cinematography , I really had high hopes about the visual content of the movie, that really fell flat .!! The editing could have been more clean .but still Thumbs Up to Nalin for choosing such a subject in such a location ..!!! it was wanted Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After undergoing 36 months of continuous meditation, Buddhist monk Tashi (Shawn Ku) arrives at a prominent monastery and promptly has a troubling revelation -- he wants to experience sex. When Tashi fails to squelch his growing desire to explore life's carnal pleasures, he leaves the monastery behind. But, as he struggles to adjust after his sudden marriage to local peasant Pima (Christy Chung), he realizes he may lack the tools necessary to cope with everyday troubles and temptations.
      Director
      Pan Nalin
      Producer
      Karl Baumgartner, Christophe Friedel
      Screenwriter
      Pan Nalin, Tim Baker, Pan Nalin
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Paradis Film, Miramax, Pandora Filmproduktion, Fandango
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Tibetan
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 18, 2003, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 19, 2021
      Runtime
      2h 18m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)