IF Earth one day hosts the inter-galactic Olympics, this should be the opening film. Ron Fricke made his name as the maker of films with astonishing images, and his new documentary Samsara, filmed over five years in 27 countries, does not disappoint. The best, and worst, of life on this rainbow planet is captured as Fricke transports the audience from ancient temples to modern Xanadus, via prison yards, factory floors, deserts and disaster zones. Not everything is a pretty picture – the factory farming scenes are nauseating – but every image is astonishing. With no narration, just a fantastic soundtrack, the pictures are left to whisper and shout for themselves. Fricke's first film since 1992's Baraka, and worth the wait.
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