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517 Ratings

The Missing Picture

L'image manquante

Directed by Rithy Panh
Cambodia, France, 2013


Rithy Panh’s film portrays his memories of living in a Khmer Rouge labor camp. Realizing he didn’t have any photographs that might help to paint a picture of the horrors of genocide, he used ceramic figures to depict his lost childhood while providing eloquent testimony to his family’s tragedy.

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The Missing Picture Directed by Rithy Panh

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Un Certain Regard

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

The most original, thought-provoking, and gut-wrenching film memoir in years, Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture tells a riveting story whose very form addresses the interface of history and cinema—a document at once of utmost political relevance and of emotional and psychological truth.
March 19, 2014
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A world of memory, a world made cinematic by patient editing, is encapsulated in these miniature dioramas. This also we will not forget.
December 17, 2013
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[It’s] a curious undertaking, at once extremely fragile and necessarily distanced—how could it be otherwise? Panh has constructed his film in such a way that he is implicitly calling upon the viewer to intuit layer upon layer of buried or suppressed emotion.
July 14, 2013
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