Written August 29, 2014
yes, there were some stunning scenery images - not enough though - but then it turned into a bizarre trip to Chinese manufacturing plants and slaughterhouses. what was the connection between these? ya got me. then there was a bizarre sequence of some guy putting mud/clay all over his face along with black and red paint. huh? There was no message to the movie and what started out as a homage to beautiful and sacred places turned in to a mess. An hour and 1/2 of my life I'll never get back.
Written February 27, 2015
It is daunting to choose a resonating scene, they are all meaningful, mesmerizing, memory-binding; but seeing the "inmates" performing in perfect harmony; a pristine Frenchman transform himself from mundane to monster; a single tear descending the luminous cheek of an Asian angel; vast, cinematic landscapes referencing God's and man's omnipotence, magnificence; leaving one with a sense of peace, grace, wonder and awe that filmmakers, taking seven years, have produced a tour de force; unquestionable eminence, destined to reign permanently, in the hierarchy of film masterpieces...
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Written February 28, 2015
This is the very definition of fine cinema. I don't think anyone going to this film would know what to expect going in, but let me tell you: BRILLIANCE. It's an odd exploration of the wheel of fates - the cycle of life... extremely beautiful and painfully real all in one. The cinema-goer leaves having experienced EVERY emotion humanly possible. POWERFUL.
Written August 23, 2014
The minimum expectation for a movie of this sort is entertainment and that is unquestionably delivered by this film maker. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, most will find satisfaction in that regard as well. Some may be impressed by the continuity of the visual, carefully orchestrated to music in such a cohesive manner as to actually deliver a not so subtle message. This is most especially true, given CAREFUL music composition, comparative to the rest of the soundtrack, as delivered about 1hr & 15 in; albeit not everyone agrees with that message, or will be impressed with the creativity of its delivery. Is the film worth the price of a ticket? Yes. Is it an impressive piece of film art? No. This viewer found it akin to the old geography newsreels shown in grade school; albeit, with a bit more impressive soundtrack, yet a subtle agenda to desensitize one to the maker’s attempt at blatant enculturation. Likely, you won't be disappointed but don't count on it.
Written August 27, 2014
this being the second film from the director is incredible. the first film Bakara was inspiring and flowed well this one flowed a little less well, but is in no way distracting from the beauty and wonder that is our planet and our lives on this planet. a true wonder and worth every cent spent to see it on a big screen.