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Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land)

Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land) (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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A home-guard serviceman assigned the task of standing watch over a barren no-man's-land begins to experience an existential crisis after years of lonely service find weariness taking hold in the debut feature from writer/director Vimukthi Jayasundara. Anura (Mahendra Perera) is a loyal soldier tainted by the tedium of a service he has forgotten how to define. His only company at the remote outpost is an alcoholic soldier named Piyasiri (Hemasiri Liyanage), whom he sees in passing as they trade

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A stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath as seen from the edges of the old conflict.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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At the final credits, you don't really know much more about these folks than you did at the opening credits. But you've done a good deed for your eyes.

June 23, 2006
New York Post
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Some films offer up their mysteries openly; others, like this quietly affecting Sri Lankan film, keep their secrets close, revealing them gradually shot by shot, scene by scene.

June 22, 2006
New York Times
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The 27-year-old filmmaker's command of film language is evident and his evocation of postwar trauma is haunting.

June 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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With little dialogue and long takes depicting Sri Lanka's desolate landscape and even more desolate people, The Forsaken Land comes close to being unbearable to watch.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Demoralized characters stuck in a war-torn no-man's land drift from weariness to despair, trying audience patience somewhere along the way.

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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The auspicious directorial debut of Sri Lanka filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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