One

Rated NR 88 minutes 2005

Here's a search for answers to the great spiritual questions, launched by a middle-aged, midwestern lawyer with no filmmaking experience. Novice documentarian Ward M. Powers is an amiable, earnest guy, easy to like but hard to take. He so oversells his experience and his film that he alienates the viewer from some excellent content, which includes interviews with Ram Dass, Robert Thurman, Deepak Chopra, Father Thomas Keating, Thich Nhat Hahn, and several eloquent teenagers. Among other things, Powers asks his subjects to express the current state of the world non-verbally. But when Thurman simply stares into the camera, seemingly without end, we don't get to experience it, because Powers can't stop talking about it. One is in the vein of What the #$*! Do We Know!? and is equally artless, with a running dramatization about an "everyman" (unfortunately a man, and white) who begins the film in a depressive stupor and ends up finding his lost soul in communion with nature. It's too simple, and so is this film.

Film Credits

Director: Tony Barbieri

Writer: Tony Barbieri and Jason Cairns

Producer: Wendy Cary

Cast: Kane Picoy, Jason Cairns, Autumn Macintosh, Paul Herman and Ed Lynch

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