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The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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 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
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 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.
November 17, 2008
This heartfelt debut docu feature by veteran cinematographer Ellen Kuras brings an affecting personal dimension to a sprawling sociopolitical narrative.
November 17, 2008
Even in a city bursting with extraordinary immigrant stories, this film about a Laotian-American family's journey to Brooklyn is unusually moving.
November 17, 2008
The damage to the family seems too deep to heal, yet the film is lyrical, expansive, unbearably beautiful, with a melting violin score by Howard Shore. The bitterness has an epic scale -- bottomless, borderless, universal.
April 17, 2008
The Betrayal occasionally takes on more than it can achieve, yet its scope and visual poetics elevate it far above similar documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4