The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)
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In this documentary, filmmaker Thavisouk Phrasavath details the painful story of how he and his family faced hardship and poverty as Laotian refugees during the Vietnam War. Combining interviews and archival footage, Phrasavath explores not only the experience of betrayal that his family endured when they were forced to flee their homeland, but the larger scheme of geopolitics that put the events into play. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
Nov 21, 2008 Limited
Sep 1, 2009
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Self-consciously poetic and shot within a luscious inch of its life, the film's also an engrossing heartbreaker: a family saga that spans continents, political administrations, and decades of travail to arrive at a harder, wiser place.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a remarkable achievement, haunting the viewer long after it ends.
The touching music (which includes quasi-choral chants) completes a film that, despite its tough subject matter, is life-affirming in the best possible way.
[Betrayal's] saga, told with soul-stirring specificity, is also in a sense the history of 20th century bloodshed and dislocation, hauntingly anticipated in 5,000-year-old Lao prophecies.
The filmmakers have created a shimmering, absorbing experience that's both specific and general, both concrete and abstract.
The Betrayal is a potent mix of archival footage, talking heads and visually arresting montages.
The film's searing emotionalism is enhanced by lovely camerawork and a magnificent violin score.
The Betrayal puts a human face and name on the term collateral damage and expands its definition in the process.
...meditative images from renowned cinematographer Kuras skillfully mixed with archival footage, stills and talking heads by editor Thavi into a story with so many shocks and ironies that it resonates in waves after the telling.
Succeeds on every level. Kuras cares not only about the story itself, which is monumental, but about the form it takes, which is a thing of beauty.
A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching
Although slow in its delivery, "Betrayal" delivers a stinging criticism of life in America. When foreigners come here for freedom, they may get more freedom than they wanted.
"Somewhere within the countless hours of footage shot for the project is a truly stunning movie that sheds light on America's imperialism. Sadly, it's not there on the screen."
The filmmakers, plying the easier path of sentimentality, never explore the psychological complexity of the disenfranchisement suffered by the Phrasavaths. Instead, they emphasize the everyday humiliations of poverty%u2014the better to place blame.
Epic story of one man and his war-torn family, across continents, decades, and cultures, with the director remarkably along through 24 tumultuous years.
A compelling documentary about a son and his mother struggling to keep their souls alive after surviving war in Laos and poverty in America.
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