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The Last Reel (2014)

A lost film, buried beneath Cambodia's killing fields, reveals different versions of the truth. A contemporary story about love, family and the ghosts of Cambodia's past.

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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Rous Mony ...
Veasna (as Mony)
Ma Rynet ...
Sophoun
Dy Saveth ...
Srey Mom
Hun Sophy ...
Colonel Bora
Sok Sothun ...
Vichea
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A lost film, buried beneath Cambodia's killing fields, reveals different versions of the truth. A contemporary story about love, family and the ghosts of Cambodia's past.

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2 July 2016 (Japan)  »

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Ostatni akt  »

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The film was selected as the Cambodian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards (2016) but it was not nominated. See more »

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To revive the "last reel" of once flourished Cambodian movies
3 September 2016 | by (Yokohama, Japan) – See all my reviews

This is a hilarious movie. I give it 10 of 10.

There is a college girl, who plays her life away. She does not fit at her home. Her father is an absolute feudalistic military man, her mother is in ill and her younger brother is too smart and well-behaved. She uses a bike parking inside a closed movie theater nearby the college. Actually, at the parking she rides on the rear sheet of her boy- friend's bike and go playing. Once in a while she went to the college, but she had no idea which room was for her. She asked it to a teacher of movies, who was in another lecture room.

One day in the projection booth of the abandoned theater, she met the parking manager. He showed her a movie. According to him, this movie, a melodrama, was filmed in 1975, but as the last reel was lost, it has yet to be on screen. He had been living in his memory of the heroin, projecting it sometimes. Then the college girl's heart was ignited. "So you know its ending? Then, why don't we film the last reel again? Oh yes, I know the professor of movies. Let's ask him to cooperate with us!"

Women are strong once they have belief. They run headlong with amazing power. In fact I know such women around me, and the girl's behavior is no surprise. On the other hand, it is not that easy for the man. You will see the reason in the movie. For him, the process of filming it again is to face his memory of the Khmer Rouge era, the time more than a quarter of whole population were killed, and for the girl it was to face what she did not know about.

This movie is dedicated to the victims of Cambodian movies who were purged under the Khmer Rouge ruling. I suppose that the title "The Last Reel" implies the lost years in Cambodian movie history during the Khmer Rouge era. If so, to film the last reel again means to inherit and revive once flourished Cambodian movies.


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