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L'image manquante (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 March 2014 (USA)
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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

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Rithy Panh, Christophe Bataille (commentary)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Randal Douc Randal Douc ... Narrator (voice)
Jean-Baptiste Phou Jean-Baptiste Phou ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes

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Documentary

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Country:

Cambodia | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La imagen perdida See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,148, 23 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,933
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1.78 : 1
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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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Pel aun kleat tov
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The past recaptured
21 June 2014 | by BaceserasSee all my reviews

The Khmer Rouge tried to leave no traces of the Cambodian genocide (1975-79). It could be a crime for anyone outside the Party to have pencil and paper, not to mention camera or tape recorder. Scarcely any images got out.

Rithy Panh was thirteen when his family was rounded up. along with the other residents of Phnom Penh, and sent to "re-education" camps and then five years of starvation and rural labor. Now as a survivor looking back at those years, he uses simple clay figures to represent the people who died unrecorded. He juxtaposes them with scraps of propaganda films and other footage, and with manufactured landscapes, while narrating a major 20th century horror story that's also a personal and national tragedy.

The film takes all kinds of aesthetic risks: the images are complexly beautiful, but they dare to seem simplistic or naïve, or to skirt "bad taste." The simplicity is more than justified though, as The Missing Picture does recapture a lost time, the artistic triumph inseparable from the human triumph.


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