It rapidly develops into a gut-wrenching examination of the way cultural differences and emotional expectations collide.
| Original Score: 4/4
A moving and stark reminder that the casualties of war reach much further than we imagine.
| Original Score: 3/5
Daughter from Danang is a film that should be seen by all, especially those who aren't aware of, or have forgotten about the unmentioned victims of war.
Maybe Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again.
Daughter From Danang reveals that efforts toward closure only open new wounds. It doesn't flinch from its unsettling prognosis, namely, that the legacy of war is a kind of perpetual pain.
Travels a fascinating arc from hope and euphoria to reality and disillusionment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dolgin and Franco fashion a fascinating portrait of a Vietnamese-born youngster who eagerly and easily assimilated as an all-American girl with a brand new name in southern Tennessee.
That rare documentary that incorporates so much of human experience -- drama, conflict, tears and surprise -- that it transcends the normal divisions between fiction and nonfiction film.
| Original Score: 4/4
Like other great documentaries ... this goes after one truth (the Ford administration's complicity in tearing 'orphans' from their mothers) and stumbles upon others even more compelling.
The war may have ended more than a quarter-century ago, but it's clear from watching this family that it's going to take more than a single generation for the scars to heal.
The film's almost unbearable portrait of sadness and grief transcends its specific story to speak to the ways in which need, history and presumption tangle, and sometimes destroy, blood ties.
The filmmakers craftily intuit the emotional high points of the mother-daughter reunion.
The filmmakers do not flinch in the face of emotions almost too great to watch.
There is no insight into the anguish of Heidi's life -- only a depiction of pain, today's version of Greek tragedy, the talk-show guest decrying her fate.
A gripping drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
It isn't really to the credit of the makers of Daughter from Danang -- which understandably won the 2002 Sundance prize for best documentary -- that it turns out be so gripping.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The socio-histo-political treatise is told in earnest strides... [and] personal illusion is deconstructed with poignancy.
| Original Score: 88/100
A brutally honest documentary about a much anticipated family reunion that goes wrong thanks to culture shock and a refusal to empathize with others.
Whatever heartwarming scene the impressively discreet filmmakers may have expected to record with their mini DV, they show a remarkable ability to document both sides of this emotional car-wreck.
Slowly but surely devolves into a fascinating, cringe-inducing portrait of cultural solipsism, climaxing in an emotional meltdown that wouldn't look out of place in mid-period Cassavetes.
| Original Score: 80/100