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Darshan: The Embrace
Darshan The Embrace
Actor: Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
Director: Jan Kounen
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
NR     2006     1hr 32min

A glowing introduction and travel diary deep inside the life, work and heart of the spiritual leader "hugging saint"- Amma. -Amma was the winner of the Gandhi King Prize (2002) for her work against poverty and illiteracy ...  more »


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Actor: Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
Director: Jan Kounen
Creators: Sebastien Pentecouteau, Jan Kounen, Anny Danche, Dileep Singh Rathore, Karl Baumgartner, Manuel De La Roche, Raphael Berdugo, Soo-jun Bae, Tristan Frachon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Health
Studio: Ifc
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/14/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, Malayalam, English

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Movie Reviews

Expected Good, Found Much More
Leland D. Gibbs | Berkeley, CA USA | 10/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have awaited the release of "Darsan" for quite awhile, after having seen a short piece of it as a pre-release tid-bit. It was then that I knew the power of Amma would be brought forth in this work of art by the filmaker, Mr. Jan Kounen. The only thing lacking are the miracles Amma manifests so inconspicuously, as true Saints always do. Amma's life is one ongoing darshan to the world, and this movie is a beginning glimps of how Amma impacts so many around the world, every day, spreading Her self-less love to all, everyone!
This movie is, in reality, a darshan with Amma, as Her energy is permeated throughout, God in a tiny human frame, hugging the world. May you be as moved as I upon seeing this great work of love and unparalleled dedication to those in need of love and direction everywhere. In a world torn with violence and pain, Amma comes to give us hope and a whole lot more. I suggest getting a real hug and kiss from this Divine being, and decide for yourself. Amma awaits with open arms.....
Atindra Gibbs"
Where is the heart?
Nadezda Karuna Potter | Oakland, CA USA | 11/27/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Great cinematography and sound, but where is Amma's human heart?
I wish the filmmakers would have more interviews with Amma and her devotees. For the whole movie the viewer stays an outsider to the screen drama... and it is SO different from a real Darshan experience with Her.

Jai Ma"
Darshan: The Embrace. Pure Inspiration
David Fields | Newberg, OR USA | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Darshan: The Embrace, is truly a film of great inspiration. Rather than focusing on Amma's verbal teachings, the film exquisitely zooms in on Amma's physical presence, her dark radiant face, her arms reaching out to thousands of devotees, her legs barely able to walk after a non-stop 21 hour marathon of constant embracing. Such images say more than words ever can. It brought tears to my eyes.

The film beautifully captures the feel and colorful look of the Indian countryside, and the pure madness, filth and chaos of the cities, as devotees embark with Amma on one of her seemingly endless tours. And what is the final message here? That there is such a thing as Pure Unconditional Love. Is this not a message of hope during our troubed times? Darshan captures what is deeply essential the way all great art does; by taking the viewer

beyond words. --David Fields

Darshan, The Embrace
Ananda C. Devi | Florida USA | 08/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a longtime devotee of Amma's I found this movie lacking in a few areas. Having been present at the time much of the film was shot, there were so many stories and levels that could have been reflected that were not noted. We patiently watched the filmaker take in so much day after day for months. Much of these clips were not even hinted at.

As for a story about the filmakers experience, I think it is good. As a story of who Amma is, it lacks the information which shows her vast humanitarian projects,spiritual leadership and her worldwide impact.Her mission is simply love and compassion for all.

Many who saw this movie only remembered the white Mercedes Amma got into with terrible memories of another Sprirtual leader in a Gold Rolls in years passed.I am sorry they could not see the millions of dollars that have been donated through Amma's work worldwide by devotees that are benefiting the poor of the world.

Still worthwhile to see. Go to after you view it for more information."