Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land) (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land)
A stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath as seen from the edges of the old conflict.
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.
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.
The 27-year-old filmmaker's command of film language is evident and his evocation of postwar trauma is haunting.
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.
Audience Reviews for Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land)
Very impressive debut film. This might be the most beautifully shot film of recent years. Style is very reminiscent of Antonioni plus Tarkovsky. Narrative events are opaque and character are held at a great distance. It's an interesting portrayal of people living under uncertain circumstances. Aesthetically it's incredible even if there's something missing to call it great.
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