The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Reviews

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Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
December 2, 2008
"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."
Full Review | Original Score: 34/100
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
November 21, 2008
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.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 21, 2008
Epic story of one man and his war-torn family, across continents, decades, and cultures, with the director remarkably along through 24 tumultuous years.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
November 19, 2008
A warts and all expose' designed to leave you outraged about the way America treats naive allies and about the unresolved, ugly fallout of the Vietnam conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kathie Smith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2008
The Betrayal occasionally takes on more than it can achieve, yet its scope and visual poetics elevate it far above similar documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
November 21, 2008
A lyrical prance through a most dreary period in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
May 1, 2009
The film's searing emotionalism is enhanced by lovely camerawork and a magnificent violin score.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
November 16, 2008
A probing, textured mix of historical and personally shot footage set to an effectively disembodied voiceover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 20, 2008
A compelling documentary about a son and his mother struggling to keep their souls alive after surviving war in Laos and poverty in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 29, 2009
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 19, 2008
It's as if the filmmaker has opened a window onto a parallel world traveling beside our own.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 21, 2008
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is quiet, contemplative and impressionistic, which makes the story it has to tell all the more powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 9, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 8, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 17, 2008
Even in a city bursting with extraordinary immigrant stories, this film about a Laotian-American family's journey to Brooklyn is unusually moving.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 20, 2008
Parts look as though taken by actors, until one realizes that these are the same real people over years, heavier or thinner, baby-faced or mature.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 20, 2009
A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching
Full Review | Original Score: B
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 27, 2008
A treasure-trove of archival film indicts the U.S. for betraying the Laotian people--as seen through the travails of one family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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