Narrative isn't the key to Samsara, mainly because there isn't one. This dialogue-free visual marvel was shot entirely on 70mm film and uses the new 4K digital projection system. To make Samsara, director Ron Fricke (Baraka) spent nearly five years traveling to 25 far-flung locales, from New Orleans's devastated Ninth Ward to the temples of Myanmar, delivering panoramic aerial shots and close-ups of people in fits of celebration of despair. A few shots get too close: We never need to see the inside of a chicken factory again. Ever. But for 102 minutes, it's still essentially Pretty Pictures: The Movie.
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