The Forsaken Land

2005, Drama, 1h 48m

10 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Weary residents (Kaushalaya Fernando, Nilupili Jayawardena, Hemasiri Liyanage) of a war-ravaged country drift through life.

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Critic Reviews for The Forsaken Land

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (3)

  • A stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath as seen from the edges of the old conflict.

    August 31, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • At the final credits, you don't really know much more about these folks than you did at the opening credits. But you've done a good deed for your eyes.

    June 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Some films offer up their mysteries openly; others, like this quietly affecting Sri Lankan film, keep their secrets close, revealing them gradually shot by shot, scene by scene.

    June 22, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The 27-year-old filmmaker's command of film language is evident and his evocation of postwar trauma is haunting.

    June 20, 2006
  • With little dialogue and long takes depicting Sri Lanka's desolate landscape and even more desolate people, The Forsaken Land comes close to being unbearable to watch.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Demoralized characters stuck in a war-torn no-man's land drift from weariness to despair, trying audience patience somewhere along the way.

    February 18, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath as seen from the edges of the old conflict.

    August 31, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • At the final credits, you don't really know much more about these folks than you did at the opening credits. But you've done a good deed for your eyes.

    June 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Some films offer up their mysteries openly; others, like this quietly affecting Sri Lankan film, keep their secrets close, revealing them gradually shot by shot, scene by scene.

    June 22, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The 27-year-old filmmaker's command of film language is evident and his evocation of postwar trauma is haunting.

    June 20, 2006
  • Jayasun and his cinematographer, Channa Deshapriya have done an outstanding job, giving meaningfulness to an environment where almost nothing happens, and presenting the concept that war and consequently death are always present.

    April 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Only 27 when the film was shot, [director Vimukthi] Jayasundara already displays a complete command of the medium.

    October 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Forsaken Land

  • May 05, 2007
    Impressive images in this movie from Sri-Lanka that won best debut prize at Cannes. It shows the consequences of civil war. Not an easy movie though, the style reminds me much of the Neo-Realism films that Italian director Roberto Rosselini made in the '40s-'50s era. I saw this at the Cinema Novo Festival '06 in Brugge.
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