Recently I had the opportunity and great pleasure to finally sea a movie that makes instantly my top 10. Samsara, an epic spiritual adventure, a metaphor. There are not enough words to describe this beautiful movie, so I’m not going to disclose much of it, but you have to know what was written on imdb:
A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man’s struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman’s struggle to keep her enlightened love and life in the world. But their destiny turns, twists and comes to a surprise ending…
This sensitive movie has a wonderful tagline: What is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one…
Nalin (Nalin Kumar Pandya, to be more precise), self-taught filmmaker, was born in a remote village in Gujarat, India. The richest thing his family gave to him was his spiritual upbringing. As a child, Nalin disliked schools; instead he used to paint and draw. He saw his first movie at age of nine – since that day he always wanted to make movies. Later, as a teenager, he left his village in pursuit of cinema. After studies in Fine Arts at the M.S. University of Baroda, Nalin went to learn Design at the prestigious NID (National Institute of Design). After shooting four animation and twenty short silent films, Nalin concluded that the best film school is life itself. He traveled widely all over India and finally moved to Mumbai where he worked as production runner. In no time the producers recognized Nalin’s talent and offered him a chance to direct commercials and corporate films. He lived in USA and UK for a short period and then set out for six-month long nomadic existence in Europe. On returning to India, he roamed the Himalayas deep and wide -in search of his voice. After a long process of unlearning, he developed ideas for several feature films -and started writing. All the info is from my favorite film site, imdb.
Samsara was a massive commercial and critical success worldwide and won him more than thirty international awards. The actors, Shawn Ku as Tashi, Christy Chung from Montreal, as Pema, Neelesha BaVora from Potsdam, as Sujata and Sherab Sangey as Apo, are extremely good.
Enjoy the trailer! It’s a little bit of a spoiler, but it is the best I found. I’ve seen some more detailed, but they were spoiling too much the action, being focused on relatively commercial aspects. The movie is too good as a whole, to be considered just a commercial hit. Anyway, Pan Nalin’s Valley of Flowers, his latest feature film, was sold to nearly thirty five countries and is considered a major underground hit. It still continues to enjoy theatrical release with critical and commercial success worldwide. I can’t wait to watch it and share with you the experience.
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