Samsara is a Sanskrit word referencing the circle of life. That may reek of patchouli, but put aside those aversions—this wordless documentary is one of the most visually intoxicating films in recent memory. Shot in gleaming 70 mm, it travels to 25 countries—from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to East Africa, from Egyptian apartment complexes built in view of the pyramids to a Bangkok strip club full of undulating "lady-boys"—and paints an astounding portrait of human existence. Whether it's as profound as the filmmakers want it to be depends on your predilection toward enlightenment, but as a travelogue, it's goddamned beautiful.

  • Showing at: Hollywood.
  • Best paired with: Pinot grigio.
  • Also screening: Ghostbusters (Laurelhurst).