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The Beautiful Country (2004)

 -  Drama  -  13 March 2004 (Norway)
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After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damien Nguyen ...
Binh
...
Ling
Thi Hoa Mai ...
Wa
...
Steve
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Captain Oh
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Chingmy
...
Snakehead
Xuan Phuc Dins ...
Pham
Thu An Nguyen ...
Old Woman
Ka Duy Pham ...
Cousin 15 years old
Minh Trang Ngo ...
Cousin 14 years old
Dang Quoc Thinh Tran ...
Tam
Thi Kim Xuan Chau ...
Mai
Tang Vu ...
Head Servant
Thu Anh ...
Mrs. Hoa
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Storyline

One of the consequences of the U.S.-Viet Nam war was the children of G.I.s by their Viet Namese wives and lovers. For years, women who were involved with U.S. soldiers were social outcasts, treated as collaborators while their children, even when living with grandparents, endured taunts and abuse. This is the story of one such child, Binh, being forced from his village at seventeen years, going to Saigon to find his mother, then trying to escape to the U.S. with his much younger half-brother, Tam, in 1990. The film lingers on the rigors of the voyage: the sampan, the Malaysian detention camps, the illegal refugee ship, and the underground economy with near-slavery in New York City. It then opens up when Binh leaves New York for Houston to find his father. Written by Maple-2

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An epic story of hope.

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Drama

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Rated R for some language and a crude sexual reference | See all certifications »
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13 March 2004 (Norway)  »

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Gi tis epangelias  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,900 (USA) (8 July 2005)

Gross:

$442,612 (USA) (7 October 2005)
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When Binh gets to Texas, the family giving him a ride drops him off outside a city and refers to it as Houston. The skyline of the city is very clearly that of Dallas, not Houston. See more »

Quotes

Steve: [about his long lost wife] I never saw someone so beautiful before - in all that ugliness.
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One of the best movies of 2004
13 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Underrated by critics and virtually ignored by the mainstream film press, I found this to be one of the unexpected surprises of 2004. An amazing film covering the often grim fate of Amerasians (ie, children of American servicemen and Vietnamese mothers, often illegitimate and to the detriment and neglect of the mothers/children), one of the messy side-effects of a messy and mismanaged war.

This film was as haunting as it was brilliantly conceived and surprisingly well constructed for a low-budget film. I wish the actors all the best, as their tour-de-force performances captured the essence of the struggles any desperate person faces in trying to create a better life out from poverty, neglect, and despair. An absolute MUST-SEE for any serious independent/off-the-beaten-track film connoisseur....


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