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Movie review: 'Samsara'

Throughout “Samsara,” showing this weekend at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, director Rob Fricke often finds brutality and beauty, violence and grace in the same sequences.
Oklahoman Published: December 7, 2012
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/articleid/3735132/1/pictures/1900990">Photo - These images are from Rob Fricke’s documentary “Samsara,” which follows the rhythms of birth, life, death and rebirth. IMAGES PROVIDED
These images are from Rob Fricke’s documentary “Samsara,” which follows the rhythms of birth, life, death and rebirth. IMAGES PROVIDED

“Samsara” falters when its images are obviously staged or engineered for shock or narrative value, and Fricke's intensions are not always clear: shots of natural disasters are followed by depictions of aristocratic opulence, but to what end? “Samsara” occasionally seems more interested in finding great images than maintaining its thematic integrity. All of this makes “Samsara” undeniably beautiful but frustrating — it's messaging is not always as clear as its breathtaking vistas.

George Lang


MOVIE REVIEW

‘Samsara'

PG-131:423 stars

Featuring the music of: Lisa Gerrard, Michael Sterns and Marcello de Francisci.

(Disturbing and sexual images)

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