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Agrarian Utopia

Agrarian Utopia (2011)

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Anthology presents a week-long run of Uruphong Raksasad's ravishing documentary/fiction hybrid, which portrays two rural families who, facing the seizure of their lands, come together to work the same rice paddy for a season, using pre-industrial farming methods. Its serenely beautiful imagery - golden fields, time-lapse skies - bespeaks a nostalgia for a simpler time, but Agrarian Utopia is also clear-sighted and tough-minded in its assessment of the present-day economic and political realities

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Mr. Raksasad is sparing in his recordings of human speech and as generous with other sounds as he is with colorful, widescreen compositions.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The sense that we're watching a cleverly concealed fiction increases, even though the verisimilitude remains.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Raksasad manages to keep the film afloat on the real drama of his nation's political and social issues, bringing an added measure of poignancy to the quiet desperation of his characters.

June 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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When we see children frolicking in watery rice paddies, the physical sensations are so convincing that it's as if the water jumps off the screen and splashes you in the face.

June 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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