TIFF 2018 Review: LES TOMBEAUX SANS NOMS (Graves Without a Name) (Cambodia/France 2018) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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In Rithy Panh’s latest exploration of the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide, a 13-year-old boy who loses most of his family begins a search for their graves.Cambodian-born, …See full summary »

Director:

Rithy Panh

Shot in both Cambodian and French, LES TOMBEAUX SANS NOMS (Graves Without a Name) is a very say, lyrical and poetic documentary of the aftermath of cruelty killings by the Khymer Rouge in Cambodia.  

The doc begins with a monk offering prayers for the deceased himself to understand death and life and what has transpired.  Figurines are made and placed on banana leaves and paced on made-up tomblike boats.  Director Rithy Panh also narrates the beautifully shot film in Cambodian.  Those who have not been to or are unfamiliar with Cambodia will have a glimpse of their countryside with their endless rice fields.  The stories are mainly told verbally then re-enacted.  

The most interesting of these is the one of the lady who stole rice from her people who ended up going crazy – an example of bad Karma.  Villains also get their comeuppance as in this art documentary. 

 This is director Rithy Panh’s latest exploration of the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide, all the incidents revolving around the 13-year-old boy who had lost most of his family beginning a search for their graves.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnUZsJLY558

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