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25 Ratings

A Land Imagined

Directed by Yeo Siew Hua
Singapore, France, 2018


A lonely construction worker from China goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site, and a sleepless police investigator must put himself in the mind of the migrant to uncover the truth beneath all that sand.

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A Land Imagined Directed by Yeo Siew Hua
What Yeo evokes in A Land Imagined is a sense of limitless possibility literally stretching out to the horizon, even as the spectre of work—its accompanying threats of unemployment, injury, and exploitation—holds sway over a vast majority of the world’s population so that the title’s far-off land remains out of reach.
January 02, 2019
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It’s a pro forma plotline, to be sure, but one that has a forceful undertow, an uncanny verisimilitude that owes something to the numerous non-actors that took part in the production.
October 31, 2018
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Not all of the ensuing plot pieces ultimately fit together in a coherent way (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), and Yeow’s dependence on the idea of land reclamation as a metaphor for Singapore’s uneven economic ascent is effective yet a touch heavy-handed (especially when one character explicitly spells it out). But on the whole, this is an impressive and provocative movie, likely to reward to repeat viewings.
October 15, 2018
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