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  • Summary: This documentary looks at the lives of the Yogis in India.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 75
    The director, American-born Paula Fouce, has a passion for the holy ways of the East, and it shines through in Naked in Ashes.
  2. An inspirational and cautionary film.
  3. The beautifully crafted Naked in Ashes is the third of four documentaries made by Fouce, who for three decades has studied and embraced the religious teachings found in Nepal, India and Tibet. Her family name is familiar to longtime Angelenos; her grandfather Frank Fouce Sr. was a Hollywood film pioneer and a major exhibitor in downtown Los Angeles and elsewhere for decades.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Zimmer
    60
    Naked reads, in places, like a street fair on the Santa Monica Pier. But it's utterly sincere about the practices it depicts.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    Ms. Fouce has gained unprecedented access to her subjects, but her own admiration for them makes this documentary more heartfelt than it is rigorous.
  6. Plenty thought-provoking, but it's not much of a movie and ultimately inspires curiosity rather than passion.
  7. Makes no effort to learn about the culture. It idolizes the idea of spiritual purity without offering any insight into what it really means.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. MelindaS.
    Oct 23, 2005
    10
    Extraordinary!
  2. MartiG.
    Oct 23, 2005
    10
    Excellent!
  3. JeffB.
    Jan 4, 2007
    10
    Great documentary with excellent music. The scenery is beautiful and the camera work outstanding. Being not a yoga person myself, I found Great documentary with excellent music. The scenery is beautiful and the camera work outstanding. Being not a yoga person myself, I found this film very fascinating and interesting. It was great to have the yogis tell us what they are willing to give up to live the way they do. A must-see film for anyone, and especially, those into yoga. A+ Collapse
  4. MarikoH.
    Oct 24, 2005
    10
    Fascinating, colorful, mersmerizing, never before seen footage of up close and personal life of these holy people, the film makes you want to Fascinating, colorful, mersmerizing, never before seen footage of up close and personal life of these holy people, the film makes you want to go to India, to re-examine our lives and explore the road to enlightenment. Expand
  5. victoriao.
    Oct 31, 2005
    10
    AMAZING movie follows the path of enlightenment of a young yogi. The scenery/cinematography are gorgeous, picturesque and provide an AMAZING movie follows the path of enlightenment of a young yogi. The scenery/cinematography are gorgeous, picturesque and provide an incredible pallette of colors and movement by which to understand and embrace the spritual lifestyle. Expand
  6. KentlyG.
    Nov 4, 2005
    10
    Extrardinary look at a culture utterly unknown to me. An amazing Eye opener.
  7. Nancy
    Oct 27, 2005
    4
    Lost in translation. Music too modern. Not enough explanation for the average viewer.

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