When watching a serious movie with tons of metaphors, the viewers usually gets diverse and dynamic characters, along with a crucial and detailed plot to get the spectator intrigued. However, the movie “Samsara” managed to do something that the other films cannot accomplish, which is providing the watcher a very complex and interesting moral without using protagonists or any type of story. “Samsara” at first glance might seem as a useless film with pretty landscapes and sometimes disturbing scenes, but when you’ve studied Buddhism well enough, you’ll see that what lies beyond the beautiful images and also acknowledge the main point of the whole film.
Buddhism defines “Samsara” as the awakening or the realization of how elements of life work, it is the ultimate key to slip out of the world of suffering, and finely find piece. The movie delivers the viewer an opportunity to behold the world form the eyes of the “awakened one”, and each scene is excellently executed. Every landscape the watcher is presented with comes from the wonders of nature, it does and awesome job of capturing on how someone as perfect as Buddha would view the world. Buddhism teachings say that when someone goes through the process of rebirth, he hears the sacred sound of OM, so if one looks past the images and combines everyone’s voice, movement and life , the mixture would no doubt give result to the sound of OM, which as mentioned before is the fundamental truth of Buddhism.
Furthermore, the presentation of the metaphors and comparisons are incredibly handled in this film, every transition feels natural and clear, which is very difficult to execute when dealing with something as baffling as the Buddhist religion. The Number of references in the movie is uncountable, so there will be a few examples. First of all, when someone as perfect as an enlightened man looks at a man, he sees his struggling sole and the caged demon within, which is in fact shown in the film very obviously, both in a fascinating and somewhat disturbing manner. The man in question would be someone who children meet for twelve to thirteen years of their natural lives. The man, who is suffering at that hand of his inner demon, is merely a teacher. The scene depicts and middle aged man rubbing clay over his face while gaining horrific postures, and carving out monstrous faces, and it’s quite frankly excellent! Because it demonstrates the inner struggle (in general) most thoroughly. Moreover, the transitions are timed in a very pleasant manner as well. A personal favorite scene would be the contrast between than man and a pig. Men these days are so dependent on their dominating ‘I’ that they allowed themselves to become pigs and animals, which inevitably leads to dissection on an operation table, the same way pigs are cut by butchers.
In conclusion, the film was very neat, interesting, fun and at times disturbing. However, when one watches a serious movie such as “Samsara”, they should focus on the metaphoric side rather than the general presentation, but luckily, the movie has both at its disposal in abundance.