The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Betrayal - Nerakhoon
Self-consciously poetic and shot within a luscious inch of its life, the film's also an engrossing heartbreaker: a family saga that spans continents, political administrations, and decades of travail to arrive at a harder, wiser place.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a remarkable achievement, haunting the viewer long after it ends.
The touching music (which includes quasi-choral chants) completes a film that, despite its tough subject matter, is life-affirming in the best possible way.
A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching
[Betrayal's] saga, told with soul-stirring specificity, is also in a sense the history of 20th century bloodshed and dislocation, hauntingly anticipated in 5,000-year-old Lao prophecies.
Audience Reviews for The Betrayal - Nerakhoon
This documentary tells the story of the consequences to a family when America pulls out from Laos during the Vietnam era on a personal level. As you follow the family's story over a couple of decades from Laos to what happens when they come to live in the USA, you experience their struggles in both countries. Betrayal is seen from a political and personal level. There are some really nice touching moments in the film despite a depressing subject matter.
Awwww yeah. I saw this MONTHS ago with the directors doing a Q&A after too. It's great. very personal movie that gives you a lot of knowledge about a forgotten people during the Vietnam war.
2. The Betrayal(Nerhatoon) Sun Jan 11, 2009 Starz #7 2:20pm Chris A- 92 :fresh: I liked this documentary. The pacing was slower than your average doc, but it ended up being a well conceived method of revealing surprising information and giving the story more density and complexity. It took 23 years for this movie to be made and that alone should be reason enough to see it. Although anyone interested in stories related to the aftermath of the Vietnam War, should definitely check this out.
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