“I knew this image must be missing. So I created it.” Documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to re-enact the atrocities Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.
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How not to be moved by this reconstruction of the life during the Pol Pot years?
When collectivism and a biased understanding of some of the thoughts of Jean-Jacques Rousseau meet, the result is disastrous.
The atrocities of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia comes to life with clay figurines standing in for the real people in Rithy Panh's autobiographical documentary, THE MISSING PICTURE. Panh uses the expressionless figures to fill in the "missing pictures" of one of the darkest chapters in human history, and the results are both riveting and devastating. A 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
"Are we seeking memories, or are memories seeking us?" That's pretty much the question raised by this mind blowing documentary. Rithy Panh embraces his subjectivity and delivers a poignant testimony of Pol Pot's totalitarian regime, only 40 years ago.
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I feel terrible giving such a poor review to a movie with such an important topic, but...ugh. Nothing was done to keep the audience's attention - it was the film equivalent of a college professor speaking in monotone for a lecture. I wish I could say something good about it, but nothing was memorable enough.