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Critics reviews
Manta Ray
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng Thailand, 2018
A film that stays with you for a long time for its quiet but humanist and cinematic appeal.
November 14, 2018
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Manta Ray unlocks the metaphysical resonances of an issue often rendered one-dimensional.
November 02, 2018
The critique of anti-immigrant brutality is intensified by the lustrous cinematography (Aroonpheng was a top DP). You can feel the texture of the planks in the cabin and the sharp edges of the gems that fingers root out of the forest floor. This is probably the most tactile movie I saw at VIFF.
October 15, 2018
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The film sustains a tone of tender, low-key sensuousness that’s all the more affecting because we know that there’s a constant threat of brutality.
September 22, 2018
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The film strikes a graceful balance between the details of lived experience and a deeper symbolic scope, building the story quietly towards an encounter with the irreducible reality of Others and our responsibility for them.
September 09, 2018
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