The Missing Picture (2014)

The Missing Picture (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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 insignificant? So I created it. What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows. (c) Strand
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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (24)

Panh fulfills his debts to the dead not just by adding to the visual record of genocide, but also by creating a transcendent work of art.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Orange County Register
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In narration that is poetic and historically astute, Panh layers his own memoir atop his nation's.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Many films have examined from many vantages the Khmer Rouge's nightmare reign, notably Roland Joffé's 1985 Oscar winner The Killing Fields.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As haunting as it is haunted, "The Missing Picture" leaves viewers' heads rattling with ghosts.

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

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Missing Picture


Rithy Panh uses archive footage, claymation, dioramas and a sublime sound design to make a devastating account of the nightmare that was his life as a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge regime, in order to recreate and expose that tragic missing piece in the history of his country.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A story of Cambodian Genocide told by a survivor through miniatures and clay figurines. "Depressing" doesn't even begin to cover it.

Anatoly Shashkin
Anatoly Shashkin

I'm realizing I have a harder time with these experimental format documentaries. That's probably on me, but I didn't get this one.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

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