Capturing the essence of human existence and seamlessly connecting it to the evolution of the world that surrounds us, Fricke examines our species' collective hopes and desires by creating an ethereal journey of the soul. Synchronising our lives with the rhythm of the natural world we depend upon, Samsara (a Tibetan word that means 'The ever turning wheel of life') is a sumptuous excursion into the realm of metaphysical cinema, told through a hypnotic and incredibly poignant existential viewpoint.
Samsara's non-verbal style and reliance on images to impart its indistinct and ambiguous message may sound like a gruelling chore, yet surprisingly Fricke's high brow approach never feels remotely tedious or overly pretentious. Admittedly there are those who'll struggle to buy into Fricke's excessively artistic approach. However, for those receptive, each painstakingly shot sequence and beautifully rendered frame speaks volumes - presenting a fascinating riddle of humanist metaphors and allegories.
Less a 'film', more a cinematic excursion into numerous existential and spiritual ideas, Samsara certainly won't be for everyone. Yet anyone prepared to become absorbed in Fricke's latest experiment will be richly rewarded with an intoxicating and hypnotic experience, perfectly adapted to its chosen form.