Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 31, 2008
The auspicious directorial debut of Sri Lanka filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 31, 2006
A stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath as seen from the edges of the old conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 23, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 22, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 20, 2006
The 27-year-old filmmaker's command of film language is evident and his evocation of postwar trauma is haunting.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 10, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 18, 2006
Demoralized characters stuck in a war-torn no-man's land drift from weariness to despair, trying audience patience somewhere along the way.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
September 26, 2005
The narrative is so scant that watching the film's weather is the chief pleasure.
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