Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Baraka (1992)

This is not a traditional feature film, nor a documentary. Rather just images of fundamental weight and importance.

There's no voice-over or general story, but still Baraka takes you on a journey through landscapes which invoke a spiritual experience and a yearning for knowledge. Existentially provocative at times, and surprisingly humorous at others, the world you see is twirled in variations of life.

Meditation is a vital part of the plot, though if the meditative thoughts belong to a frozen monk on a mountain, or to yourself, is impossible to know. Though the images speak for themselves, the editing gently suggests connections that will chaperon your mind into new ways of thinking.

Stunningly filmed on 70mm reels, the experience grants an abnormal consistence of being neither fake nor real, and you'll have a hard time convincing yourself the kindred souls you meet on your way, are not actors.


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