Known the world over as "the hugging saint," Mata Amritanandamayi Devi -- or Amma, as the masses call her -- shares her world and vision with Dutch documentarian Jan Kounen in this inspiring film. Following the famous mahatma across India -- from Jaipur to Calcutta via Benares -- Darshan places the spotlight on Amma's charitable work while providing a window into the mystical and logistical necessities of running a large-scale spiritual "tour."
Netflix Rating: 3.3
Less a documentary than an act of worship, "Darshan, The Embrace" is a glowing introduction to the life and work of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the so-called "hugging saint." As Jan Kounen's awestruck film follows the mahatma from one jam-packed event to another, he reveals little of the woman beneath the halo, leaving us finally enchanted but unenlightened.
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