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Samsara

A striking stop-motion animation that explores the cycle of life.
4/5

Review

Written, directed and animated by Jonathan Murphy and Mirona Mara, ‘Samsara’ is a short animation that explores the wheel of life; from nativity to mortality – until ultimately the spiritual process of reincarnation (Samsara). The charcoal drawn stop-motion animation depicts the everlasting cycle of life, with immersive metaphorical imagery that is certain to captivate and beguile the audience. A stirring watch with enticing artistry throughout, albeit with a sinister undertone.

Through the 11-minute film, which is enhanced by its rousing musical soundtrack, the narrative delves into the varied journey of life and its consistent predetermination. The film focuses on one central character – showcasing their birth, their demise and their complicity during regeneration. ‘Samsara’ is crafted with an abundance of intertwining imagery that is quick to draw in viewer curiosity and maintain engagement.

Jonathan Murphy and Mirona Mara deserve high acclaim for their exceptional artistic collaboration and proficiency. Their striking hand-drawn imagery is thoroughly impressive, which is intensified by the dramatic use of charcoal. With the omittance of dialogue, the narrative is entirely conveyed through stimulating poetic imagery (which is likely open to viewer interpretation) and aided in tone by a poignant musical accompaniment. ‘Samsara’ is an enchanting watch that shouldn’t be overlooked. Highly recommended.
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Samsara

A striking stop-motion animation that explores the cycle of life.
4/5

Review

Written, directed and animated by Jonathan Murphy and Mirona Mara, ‘Samsara’ is a short animation that explores the wheel of life; from nativity to mortality – until ultimately the spiritual process of reincarnation (Samsara). The charcoal drawn stop-motion animation depicts the everlasting cycle of life, with immersive metaphorical imagery that is certain to captivate and beguile the audience. A stirring watch with enticing artistry throughout, albeit with a sinister undertone.

Through the 11-minute film, which is enhanced by its rousing musical soundtrack, the narrative delves into the varied journey of life and its consistent predetermination. The film focuses on one central character – showcasing their birth, their demise and their complicity during regeneration. ‘Samsara’ is crafted with an abundance of intertwining imagery that is quick to draw in viewer curiosity and maintain engagement.

Jonathan Murphy and Mirona Mara deserve high acclaim for their exceptional artistic collaboration and proficiency. Their striking hand-drawn imagery is thoroughly impressive, which is intensified by the dramatic use of charcoal. With the omittance of dialogue, the narrative is entirely conveyed through stimulating poetic imagery (which is likely open to viewer interpretation) and aided in tone by a poignant musical accompaniment. ‘Samsara’ is an enchanting watch that shouldn’t be overlooked. Highly recommended.
Samsara Short Film

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