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Rated PG-13 · 102 minutes · 2012

Shot around the globe, this ponderous documentary might be worth seeing for its colorful 70-millimeter cinematography of everything from abattoirs to cityscapes and religious rituals. It suggests a slide show introduction to existence, presenting one handsome sequence after another but providing no structural framework in which the imagery might resonate. Director-photographer Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi, Baraka) seems to be making a spiritual statement about the unity of life (the title is a Sanskrit word meaning "cyclic existence"), but any sincerity inherent in the project is overwhelmed by the manufactured awe of its godawful New Age score.

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Director: Ron Fricke
Producer: Mark Magidson

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