Agrarian Utopia


Agrarian Utopia

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Anthology presents a week-long run of Uruphong Raksasad's ravishing documentary/fiction hybrid, which portrays two rural families who, facing the seizure of their lands, come together to work the same rice paddy for a season, using pre-industrial farming methods. Its serenely beautiful imagery - golden fields, time-lapse skies - bespeaks a nostalgia for a simpler time, but Agrarian Utopia is also clear-sighted and tough-minded in its assessment of the present-day economic and political realities that have transformed Thailand's agricultural community. --(c)Forum


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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

  • Mr. Raksasad is sparing in his recordings of human speech and as generous with other sounds as he is with colorful, widescreen compositions.

    Jun 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • The sense that we're watching a cleverly concealed fiction increases, even though the verisimilitude remains.

    Jun 8, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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  • Raksasad manages to keep the film afloat on the real drama of his nation's political and social issues, bringing an added measure of poignancy to the quiet desperation of his characters.

    Jun 7, 2011 | Full Review…
  • This is a world now infused with stultifying familiarity, so that the gap between utopia and actuality remains, like the seasons cycling back to the same starting point, with no real way out.

    Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • When we see children frolicking in watery rice paddies, the physical sensations are so convincing that it's as if the water jumps off the screen and splashes you in the face.

    Jun 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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