The Missing Picture Reviews

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March 13, 2019
To make up for the pictures we don't have, Panh uses small clay figurines, hundreds of them, painted, clothed, with individual expressions on their faces, and placed in meticulously detailed dioramas that he seems to have reconstructed from memories...
March 7, 2019
Consisting of a series of carefully crafted dioramas of human tragedy, The Missing Picture is populated by an intense sense of hopelessness.
November 28, 2018
There are acts of rebellion and repression... but always subjugating, even in its most cruel or soulless moments. [Full review in Spanish]
November 27, 2018
A visceral, intimate, and devastating film about ideological manipulation and dehumanization. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 26, 2018
The Missing Picture is a work of an excessive aesthetic ambition, could be defined as a hybrid in which the director mixes his family memories with the political transformation that his native country suffered. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 31, 2017
It's a meditation on individualism and poetry; the power of image to remind and exorcise; the ruthless zeal of revolution; the endurance of memory and family, and the human will to survive.
October 9, 2017
... a miraculous method to represent the unrepresentable.
September 6, 2017
Granted, this is hardly the jolliest way to see in the new year but it functions as an educational tool.
March 9, 2016
[It] might be one man's version, but it's been given shape. Others can now watch, remember, agree, and disagree about these four years the world can never get back.
February 12, 2015
An act of personal and cultural recovery, an exorcism of evil through art and a 'never forget' memoir of survival that reminds us that the past century has been a parade of holocaust.
January 5, 2015
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.
January 5, 2015
he Missing Picture is a fascinating and vital film of a history that too often remains a footnote or a death toll in the margin.
January 5, 2015
These battered, scratched pieces of film are eloquent testimony for the terrible offences that happened.
January 4, 2015
With very little actual footage from the social-experiment-gone-mad to chronicle the widespread abuses, Panh magically enlists the extraordinary skills of a clay sculptor to re-create the miserable scenes that are forever etched in his memory.
December 25, 2014
Both great cinema and important journalism, a rare and privileged combination.
December 24, 2014
Filmmaker Rithy Pahn, a survivor of the hellish Pol Pot regime, has dedicated himself to documenting it with innovative techniques to recreate the missing history of his murdered family, and of a nation.
July 7, 2014
The Missing Picture is a haunting and sobering documentary that not only mesmerises with its narrative but also impresses with its collage of techniques that merge seamlessly to give us something truly unique on screen.
June 13, 2014
It was an act of utter destruction, a people not just killed but their entire culture erased. Panh's poignant and innovative documentary is an act of creation, remaking the forgotten Cambodia, one clay figure at a time.
June 5, 2014
Rithy Panh turns a potential gimmick into a profound, inspiring film. Then, in expanding his scope to the propaganda machine of that regime, he reaches straight into the heart of evil and finds cinema.
May 29, 2014
Cambodia's first-ever nominee for best foreign-language film is part-documentary, part-memoir, and impossible to forget or ignore.
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