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The Missing Picture (2014)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 68 | Rotten: 1

Thrillingly unorthodox and emotionally searing without being didactic, The Missing Picture is a uniquely poignant documentary -- and so much more.


Average Rating: 8.7/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 0

Thrillingly unorthodox and emotionally searing without being didactic, The Missing Picture is a uniquely poignant documentary -- and so much more.



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SYNOPSIS: For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia...On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record History. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and


Documentary, Drama

Jun 10, 2014


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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (1)

Many films have examined from many vantages the Khmer Rouge's nightmare reign, notably Roland Joffé's 1985 Oscar winner The Killing Fields.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As haunting as it is haunted, "The Missing Picture" leaves viewers' heads rattling with ghosts.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A uniquely subjective account of the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s, "The Missing Picture" is the work of Rithy Panh, a Cambodian native who left his homeland when he was an adolescent.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[It] aspires to a poetry about barbarism that will not let us forget.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The film captures how Pol Pot took Mao's Great Leap Forward to new levels of Marxist madness.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Panh uses the props and eerie clips from Khmer Rouge propaganda newsreels to tell about his family, and his country. Along with starkly poetic narration, read by Randal Douc, the effect is devastating, without a single scene of actual bloodshed.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Dioramas of Cambodia's Killing Fields

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Though difficult at times to watch, it bears potent and personal witness to an era that, like all such tragedies, should never be forgotten.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Rithy Panh's cinema is an exemplary case of the imperative to bear witness.

April 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A juxtaposition of horror and beauty that's a must-see.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source:

A melancholy tone poem, a remembrance of what Cambodia lost.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express


April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Creatively relives Cambodian holocaust and surmounts the storytelling problem intrinsic to retelling horrors. . . in 1st-person narration with unusual visual illustration.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source:

Rithy Panh tells his story with the events recreated, with his many clay figures and settings, from his memories of the atrocities as a boy.

March 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

In Panh's deft hands, the film becomes not just a recreation of a reality long gone, but an indication of ever-present melancholia for an entire people.

March 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

The result is a stunning mediation on loss and memory, with no shortage of anger to boost the narrative.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

What remains disturbing and puzzling is the realisation that somewhere along the line the real and the false change places, and that Panh is able to move us more deeply with his dioramas than by telling the same atrocious story in a straightforward way.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A survivor's story,a political statement and an eloquent meditation on images and memory. The miniatures and the film are exquisite works of art infused with living memory

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: James on screenS
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Foreign Titles

  • The Missing Picture (L'image Manquante) (DE)
  • The Missing Picture (UK)
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