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The Forsaken Land (2005)

Sulanga Enu Pinisa (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 25 January 2006 (France)

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Even though it won the Camera d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the film was banned in its home country (Sri Lanka) by the UPFA Government of Mahinda Rajapakse in tandem with the Sri Lankan military. The filmmaker, Vimukthi Jayasundara, received death threats and relocated to France. See more »

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visually stunning...but don't expect plot
12 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie at the Toronto International Film Festival a few years ago. Don't expect to find a cohesive plot, but just sit back and let the camera-work wash over your senses. Long, beautiful, meditative, Tarkovsky-like takes that leave you marvelling at their artistry. Not long into the movie, I gave up trying to understand the plot, and instead just allowed myself to be swept along in its tide of visual beauty.

In the Q&A with the director after the screening, he couldn't or wouldn't shed light on the meaning/plot of the film, saying instead that it is up to each of us to get our own meaning. Commenting on his cinematography and obscure plot line, I asked the director whether he was influenced by Tarkovsky. He replied: 'But of course. Tarkovsky is our godfather'. Nuff said.

Rent/buy this movie and watch it on the biggest screen you can find. Don't try to understand the incomprehensible, but allow yourself, like I did, to shrug off the shackles of reason and intellect and float along a different stream of consciousness, one of astounding visual beauty.


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