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  • Summary: Warner De Santis, a cosmologist obsessed with trying to hear God back in time at the "Origin of the Universe," gets fired from NASA, drives to the Mojave Desert, crashes his car, and remains in a small mining town until his car is fixed. There, Warner encounters persons that might be "spirit messengers." Taking their words as instructions, he goes on a mission to find what the Native Americans regard as the "Place of Origin." In the end, Warner finds in the ordinary world, close at hand, the spiritual meaning that escaped his reaching into the distance of space and time. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Dec 19, 2013
    The cast (which includes familiar character actors like Nicolas Coster and David Leisure) is wildly uneven, talent-wise, and there's a stiltedness to the film's earnestness, but its sincerity is palpable.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 18, 2013
    The film's lack of momentum makes the pace stultifyingly slow, but it's the script's reliance on the musty Wise Indian trope that makes "Dancing" dead on arrival.
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  1. Jan 7, 2014
    A film which combines real movie making art from the deepest heart (now I know again why art is useful special this movie) and the meaning for live where everybody is looking for.
    To see the movie is an event. The wonderful landscape and the acting is grandiose. I see humans.
    What a luck to see such a movie. This movie is an change in film history.
  2. Jan 11, 2014
    wonderful film about the spiritual journey ... that touches your heart and soul. A piece of art that captures the audience and maybe gives you a feeling to rethink your own life Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2014
    This movie combines a spiritually rooted story about life with a light, life affirming humour. It offers audio-visual beauty, wonderful music, masterful editing. It is an unusual film, that welcomes everyone who watches it into a unique experience. Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2014
    “Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake” what a interesting title for a story already shifts the public to different place from which to watch this movie. A film full of poetry and truth, laced with humor and diffuse with beauty. The music of R. Carlos Nakai makes present the indescribable.

    The story, though apparently simple, is impressively structured. The acting is as clean and pure as the landscape and puts an uncommon light on simple human moments.

    Writer/Director Dominique De Fazio gives to this project sounds, pacing, and rhythms that keep us glued to the what is about to happen next. “How can we hear, what the universe wants to say, if we are only listening for what we want to know?” is what the character Warner says in the film. This film is for those who wish to follow the journey of one who ponders that question. And, this film has stayed in my heart long after leaving the movie theatre.

    Lukas Scheja
    Hamburg, Germany
  5. Jan 9, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Totally attracted by the incredible and exemplary system of work and study that emerges at every moment of this Work of Art in favor of the Natural Beauty of life I am convinced will be able to involve the world stage so dominated and suffocated by an hostile market to sacredness of life .
    What a relief I naturally say, Finally! "
    For years and years, it really is not uncommon to feel beaten, adrenaline sleeping …................
    Of course this is my School the only real chance for each Artistic suction to reconstruct a world dominated by Devastating Effects too often with the sole aim of enriching the portfolio not at all interested in the consequences young people above all, they are living .
    "Dancing on a dry salt lake encapsulates the responses and promotes the need to ask all the questions most important to the discovery of one's Meaning of Life the weight and or the relief that comes from consciousness the way to can learn from ourselves in the best way .
    I feel the need to thank Dominique De Fazio the whole cast for this Human Masterpiece by 110 Oscar Awards, while imagining that in this era of Poor Reality Art perhaps, the Oscar, it will not be a prize for "Dancing on a dry salt lake "but I hope, strongly otherwise I hope the Miracle ..
    Since the beginning of the film I was captured by the incredible natural rhythm the tangible spontaneity of Performers the very careful choice of the Director of creating the set, the Stage of Life.
    A true message of salvation for the whole of humanity where the special effects natural constantly present no actor knows what's going to happen so as in real life are able to offer a passport for the Beauty of life so as to be fully in good or bad times selfishness or generosity ..........................................
    I wish you all the vision of Dancing on a dry salt lake to feel guided enlightened by this small large, journej our journey .

    Ps xcuse my not good English
  6. Jan 10, 2014
    This film has moved me very much. It is one of these rare movies that is not only for entertainment while watching it. No, it remained with me for many days. I cannot put in words what exactly has touched me so much but my heart and my soul were nourished by this film. Expand
  7. Dec 24, 2013
    Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake puts the “independent” back in Indie filmmaking A thinking man’s movie that is also full of heart, it is set in the apparently God-forsaken, dusty mining town of Trona California. But though Trona may be hell to some, it is home to angels, mystics, artists, and expats, along with one wise coyote—all of whom help transform a lost astronomer into a visionary who may or may not have found the origin of the universe, but who has certainly found new meaning in life. If you like the quirky characters of Fargo and Northern Exposure, the philosophy of Angels of Desire, the poetic scenery of the California desert, and the hauntingly beautiful music of Carlos Nakai, you’ll love Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake. Expand

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