Directed by Rithy Panh
Cannes Special Screening 2016
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★★★★★ review by DavidClarke on Letterboxd
Incredible use of a single location. These images speak volumes, even as the text obscures (at least in the translation). The image of the rocks being pushed, of the clouds, of the nest being made for the three eggs - the next generation - all will stick with me long after viewing this. I don’t know how this plays for someone with no context for Rithy Pahn or Cambodian history, but I suspect the images would hold power regardless.
★★★★ review by Diogo Vale on Letterboxd
Rithy Panh once again shows how well he can translate an idea into an image. Free from the constraints that defined his previous feature, The Missing Image, he gives Exil a far more poetic tone, even though the resulting film is still in many ways contained and discreet. At the heart of the film there are a few objects (the portrait of the mother; the director's safe conduct papers) but the film hardly exists for them,or because of them. Exil is bigger than that, encompassing reflections on identity, ideology and memory.
★★★½ review by James Berclaz-Lewis on Letterboxd
PS: this is actually good.
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