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The Missing Picture (2013)

L'image manquante (original title)
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Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

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Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

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$10,148 (USA) (21 March 2014)

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$49,768 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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Official submission of Cambodia to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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[It's not a picture of loved ones i seek, i want to touch them, their voices are missing, so i wont tell. I want to leave it all, leave my language, my country in vain and my childhood returns. Now it's the boy who seeks me out, i see him, he wants to speak to me but words are hard to find]
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Featured in The 86th Annual Academy Awards (2014) See more »

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"At the start of totalitarianism is falsity"
17 October 2014 | by (Haridwar, India) – See all my reviews

"The missing picture" is a novel form of documentary cinema. The theme is the Khmer rouge regime in Cambodia. This heartbreaking story is told using clay figurines in sets built from wood, leaves, clay and water. Suddenly you'll be inside villages in rain forests witnessing human inflicted hunger, death, rot and suffering. It's a story of how a twelve year old kid looses his father, mother, sister and brother to ideology, flags, slogans and submissiveness of human thought.

This film captures his pain with far greater purity because the viewer's mind knows that Clay figures are not actors, actors act (they lie). The figurines are real, they are suffering clad in black clothes, armed with a wooden spoon. The figurine portray the resistance in those unfortunate souls by the same mode - a tiny gesture and silence.

Camera-work for such miniature sets is a display of pure innovation and diligence on the creator's part. The background score is perfect, you can hear the sounds of the forest, tilling of the earth or playing of children in the distance. The narration has no room for sensationalism, the pain, sarcasm and anger is heartfelt and the story is personal.

Every viewer owes it to those lost lives to never let the tragedy happen again.


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