Pros:Original, innovative filming. Succesful experiment in the cinema.
Cons:Not all regions of the world are covered in Baraka.
The Bottom Line: It is impossible to describe it in words - it is much better to see it
The distinctive feature of Baraka movie is the complete absence of words, actors, plot and other elements of the traditional cinema. Nevertheless, these qualities are the unique traits which make the movie inimitable and beautiful. Although Baraka is an experimental film, the broad auditory of all ages will likely enjoy it.
Obviously, the most important aspect of Baraka is that it is absolutely free from usual, habitual features of cinema - and this makes the movie clear, bright and purified. The name of the movie, Baraka, derives from the Arabic word meaning "blessing". The theme of the movie is the interaction of nature and humans, the place of humanity on this Earth, the meaning of existence through the perspective of different cultures. The only way to express ideas, feelings and emotions in the film is through images and the soundtrack, which accompanies the audience all the way.
The vivid imagery demonstrated in the movie originates from the various corners of the world - Australia, Africa, South and North America, Asia. The film opens with some beautiful images of primordial, virgin nature. The way of life in different moribund and remote tribes is explicitly demonstrated. After, the chaotic existence of urban life, the atrocities of war, the eternal ancient cultures, the antagonism of the Occidental and Oriental cultures - everything is meticulously gathered in Baraka. The movie doesn't leave you indifferent - the opposite extremes, the depth and profoundness of the humanity and the natural world; everything is expressed in convincing, realistic, colorful imagery.
Of course, the music also has to mentioned - perfectly harmonious with the imagery. And the people, filmed in the movie - although most of them are left unknown, the sincerity and frankness of their feelings is forever impressed in the movie.
Baraka isn't the first film of such genre - before the notable Koyaanisqatsi with other movies of Qatsi trilogy and Chronos were also made in this distinct style. Nevertheless, Baraka can be considered the most beautiful example of such cinema.
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