First They Killed My Father review – Angelina Jolie's triumph spotlights casualties of war

The actor turned director’s passion project is a psychological stunner that shows the effects the Khmer Rouge’s reign left on the people of Cambodia

Whatever may be thought of Angelina Jolie and the controversial way she auditioned young people for this particular film – a Netflix production which airs later this month – she has created an accomplished piece of work which is possessed of a genuine artistry. It is something to compare to the films of Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, especially the dreamily sensual epiphanies of The Scent Of Green Papaya (1993) and At The Height Of Summer (2000).

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