For those of us that have had the privilege of basking in the beauty of Baraka in high definition for some time now, Samsara may actually come as a minor disappointment, but then again, how exactly do you follow a masterpiece of film and sound?
Well, simply put, you don't, but you CAN get extremely close, and close they get.
Samsara is another gorgeous film from Ron Fricke and Paul Magison. It's a world filmscape/soundscape for those that haven't had the pleasure of Baraka, Chronos, Koyaanisqatsi & Powaqqatsi. Describing it as a documentary would undermine it in reality. Shot on 65mm film throughout, nearly every single sequence will magically keep you rooted to your favourite armchair, blending haunting organic sound with cinematography that will simply melt your eyeballs. It's about as good as being there.
Samasara is ostensibly an up to date Baraka, showing the human condition as it has developed over millenia. There are many, many similar sequences such as rubbish tip scavenging, ancient ruins timelapsed against starry skies, waterfalls, ancient architecture, volcanoes, the brutality and power of nature and the like but many are quite new, such as the Cebu prison piece (bizarre to say the least) and the night shots of Rio's high rises and other electricity devouring cities (stunning).
Five stars no question, this captivating look at us and our planet should take top spot in any decent natural history film collection. Buy, own and enjoy.