Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land) (2005)


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A home-guard serviceman assigned the task of standing watch over a barren no-man's-land begins to experience an existential crisis after years of lonely service find weariness taking hold in the debut feature from writer/director Vimukthi Jayasundara. Anura (Mahendra Perera) is a loyal soldier tainted by the tedium of a service he has forgotten how to define. His only company at the remote outpost is an alcoholic soldier named Piyasiri (Hemasiri Liyanage), whom he sees in passing as they trade shifts. Anura finds that even the prankish behavior of the infrequently passing soldiers isn't enough to offset the numbing stillness of his eternal wait anymore. Even at home, the inertia of the emotionless landscape persists, and between disconnected sexual encounters with his disinterested wife, Lata (Nilupili Jayawardena), detached conversations with his single sister, Soma (Kaushalya Fernando), and the heart-breaking dejection of their young charge, Batti (Pumidika Sapurni Peiris), it appears as if, in this war-torn wasteland, hope is nothing more than forgotten emotion and routine is the only nourishment for a collection of sad, starved souls. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7)

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

Aug 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 22, 2006 | Full Review…

The 27-year-old filmmaker's command of film language is evident and his evocation of postwar trauma is haunting.

Jun 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.

Mar 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.

Feb 18, 2006 | Full Review…
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