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The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 12, 2009
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a remarkable achievement, haunting the viewer long after it ends.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 20, 2009
A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 21, 2008
The filmmakers have created a shimmering, absorbing experience that's both specific and general, both concrete and abstract.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 21, 2008
The Betrayal is a potent mix of archival footage, talking heads and visually arresting montages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 21, 2008
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is quiet, contemplative and impressionistic, which makes the story it has to tell all the more powerful.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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Scott Foundas
Variety
November 17, 2008
This heartfelt debut docu feature by veteran cinematographer Ellen Kuras brings an affecting personal dimension to a sprawling sociopolitical narrative.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Kathie Smith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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