Samsara – A review

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What is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one…

Plot Summary:

A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man’s…

Tashi (Shawn Ku) is a brilliant young lama who has just completed three years of solitary meditation in a remote hermitage. Now returned to his ancient monastery headed by Apo (Sherab Sangey), Tashi experiences a sexual awakening, which makes him question the spiritual values of his monastic existence. Believing he needs to experience worldly existence in order to renounce it, he leaves the monastery and marries Pema (Christy Chung), a beautiful woman he meets while performing a harvest blessing. But although he finds great joy with his wife and newborn son, Tashi is unprepared for other aspects of everyday life such as jealousy of a neighbour, unethical farm trading practices and his attraction to an exotic migrant worker at the harvest, Sujata (Neelesha BaVora), making him re-evaluate his spiritual destiny.


Director/co-writer Pan Nalin’s romance set in the Ladakh district of northern India opens with a hawk dropping a rock on a goat in a metaphorical aerial bombardment that approximates the thunderbolts of love that descend on the head of the movie’s lead.
The story of a young monk-turned-farmer/family man (Shawn Ku), who is first seen with long beard and hair at the end of a three-year stint of solitary meditation, is told mainly without dialogue and can prove somewhat hypnotic. Many sequences have a silent-movie dynamic, such as when the lead and a pretty local girl (Christy Chung) first meet and later when they consummate their attraction.
Spanning a few years and chronicling the ups and downs of life and work at 15,000 feet in the Himalayan mountains, the scenario has the two lovers marry and have a child. Complications include a corrupt grain merchant who’s used to getting his way when dealing with the locals. An even more personal dilemma for the lead is a fetching young farm lass (Neelesha BaVora) who finally gets her man in one of the most delicious sex scenes of recent memory.
At more than two hours and coming to a conclusion that finds the lead still struggling with his identity in samsara (the world outside), Nalin’s film has excellent production values and thoroughly transports one to its far-flung world of clear skies, jagged mountains and passionate affairs of the mind and body

BEST FILM, Melbourne International Film Festival 2002
BEST FEATURE FILM, Brisbane International Film Festival 2002
BEST FEATURE FILM, Faces of Love Film Festival Russia 2002
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Toronto Film Festival 2001
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Sundance Film Festival 2002
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Auckland & Wellington Film Festivals 2002


(Credited cast)

Shawn Ku

Christy Chung – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Christy Chung (鍾麗緹 Jūng Laitài Pinyin: Zhōng Lìtí Vietnamese: Chung Lệ Đề, born September 19, 1970) born in Montreal to a Chinese father and a Vietnamese .
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Christy Chung


Neelesha BaVora

Neelesha BaVora Film Biography – Film – Time Out London

Find out about the film biography of Neelesha BaVora. Read film, bio and movie information from Time Out London.


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Sherab Sangey


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