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Rice People (1994)

Neak sre (original title)
In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to ... See full summary »

Director:

Rithy Panh

Writers:

Shahnon Ahmad (novel), Ève Deboise | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peng Phan Peng Phan ... Yim Om, mother
Mom Soth Mom Soth ... Yong Poeuv, father
Chhim Naline Chhim Naline ... Sakha, oldest daughter
Va Simorn Va Simorn ... Sokhoeun
Sophy Sodany Sophy Sodany ... Sokhon
Muong Danyda Muong Danyda ... Sophon
Pen Sopheary Pen Sopheary ... Sophoeun
Proum Mary Proum Mary ... Sophat
Sam Kourour Sam Kourour ... Sopheap
Noy Samnang Noy Samnang ... Ming Voeun
Phang Chamroeun Phang Chamroeun ... Man
Chou Saokhun Chou Saokhun ... Voth
Daniel Hung Meas Daniel Hung Meas ... Pou Mann (as Meas Daniel)
Sou Bottra Sou Bottra ... Savuth
Say Say ... Kheam
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In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to live in Cambodia, i.e., they will have to learn to cultivate, to plough, to work the land. Rice people tries to share this way of life, to demonstrate the fragile equilibrium on which it lies and the freedom it represents. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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what to know about the Asian agrarian life-the best film so far.
27 July 2005 | by gangadharpandaySee all my reviews

Undoubtedly one of the best films that i have seen on village life. The scene where Vong Poeuv cuts his heel with the razor to get rid of the thorn, is heart touching and moving, the artiste has done a nice job. Om's (Vong's wife) scene in the bar/hotel where she drinks and the transformation she has shown from a sensible, responsible housewife to an obsessed and possessed(!) women is excellent. The last daughter prying along with her mother is refreshing. The large family, the little wish for a son, the helplessness and the innocence, the daughters caring reactions towards their mother in the later half of the film-all leave an enduring emotional feeling in the audience. The scene where the couple move in a boat in a lake and collect the lotus flowers is a tribute to the nature, this scene has created a desire in me to visit and see Combodia.

I recommend this film for all those urban audience for i feel that the city people should know the agrarian lifestyle.


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Language:

Khmer

Release Date:

12 October 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

People of the Rice Paddies See more »

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$43,511
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1.66 : 1
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