In Search of God: L.A. Party Girl Travels to India, Asks Life's Big Questions
Purportedly about a quest for spiritual enlightenment and the question of what binds global religions, In Search of God is instead defined by simplistic philosophizing and rampant narcissism. The subject of Rupam Sarmahs affected nonfiction film is Kavita, an American who, dissatisfied with her MIT education and subsequent L.A. party-girl life, travels to Indias magical Majuli Island to figure outas both she and a European expat statewhy rich Westerners are always frowning and poverty-stricken Easterners constantly smiling. The answer, it turns out, is that money doesnt buy happiness; rather, lasting joy comes solely from communing with the God inside all of us. That clichéd revelation strikes Kavita as she visits priests, attends worship-driven artistic performances, and has monotonous conversations with her guide, Ramdiscussions that are as intellectually dim as the dubbing used for most of their dialogue is clunky. The locals routines, many dating back hundreds of years, are often fascinating, but Sarmahs main concern is Kavita, whos incessantly seen in close-ups watching others, or writing on her laptop and then turning to ruminatively gaze off in the distance. The only thing more noxious than such self-absorption is the use of collapsingtwin towers footage to bolster the films religion-is-love platitude.
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