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The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2009
The film's searing emotionalism is enhanced by lovely camerawork and a magnificent violin score.
April 9, 2009
The Betrayal puts a human face and name on the term collateral damage and expands its definition in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 29, 2009
...meditative images from renowned cinematographer Kuras skillfully mixed with archival footage, stills and talking heads by editor Thavi into a story with so many shocks and ironies that it resonates in waves after the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 20, 2009
Succeeds on every level. Kuras cares not only about the story itself, which is monumental, but about the form it takes, which is a thing of beauty.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2009
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a remarkable achievement, haunting the viewer long after it ends.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 27, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 20, 2009
A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 16, 2009
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2008
Although slow in its delivery, "Betrayal" delivers a stinging criticism of life in America. When foreigners come here for freedom, they may get more freedom than they wanted.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 21, 2008
The filmmakers have created a shimmering, absorbing experience that's both specific and general, both concrete and abstract.
November 21, 2008
The Betrayal is a potent mix of archival footage, talking heads and visually arresting montages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is quiet, contemplative and impressionistic, which makes the story it has to tell all the more powerful.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 21, 2008
A lyrical prance through a most dreary period in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2008
Epic story of one man and his war-torn family, across continents, decades, and cultures, with the director remarkably along through 24 tumultuous years.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 20, 2008
A compelling documentary about a son and his mother struggling to keep their souls alive after surviving war in Laos and poverty in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 20, 2008
Parts look as though taken by actors, until one realizes that these are the same real people over years, heavier or thinner, baby-faced or mature.
November 20, 2008
The past-and-present layering is a lot more resonant -- and less sketchy -- than the film's theme of 'betrayal,' both familial and governmental.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 19, 2008
It's as if the filmmaker has opened a window onto a parallel world traveling beside our own.
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