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The Missing Picture Review


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Recounting a personal story of the horrors of Pol Pot's Killing Fields in 1970s Cambodia, filmmaker Rithy Panh finds inventive ways to convey his emotions. But the film's sleepy pacing and artful style make it eerily uninvolving, like a particularly striking museum exhibition that reminds us of a vitally important event in human history that must never be forgotten. And as the title suggests, forgetting is something Panh refuses to do.

At age 50, Panh (voiced by Douc in the poetic but glum French-language narration) sets out to document his memories of his experiences following the 1975 Kmer Rouge revolution. A 13-year-old at the time, he was taken away with his family and forced to work in rice fields in grisly conditions. With no food to eat and violent treatment by their guards, the family is torn apart, leaving Panh as the only survivor. But where is Pol Pot's promised classless utopia? The nation has been turned into a land of uneducated slaves who get no benefit from the rice fields and factories where they are forced to work.

The documentary opens with the discovery of crates of old film footage, which is woven in with Panh's painstaking recreations of scenes using wood-carved figures and elaborate tableaux. These are the old films made by the oppressive dictators, attempting to romanticise the revolution but instead revealing telling details of the grim reality of life in the filthy work camps. And Panh fills in what these movies don't show: the torture and murder, the famine and diseases, the desperation and senselessness.

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A Matter Of Taste Review


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A string of movies emerging from France, including With a Friend Like Harry, The School of Flesh, and The Taste of Others, represent the "new" type of French films that American distributors are looking for. Partially dark comedies, partially thrillers, they get packaged as contemporary French noir. They are also notorious for taking no risks and being barely skin deep with plot and character.

In A Matter of Taste, Frédéric Delamont (Bernard Giraudeau), an industrial tycoon apparently at a peak of his success, is obsessed with two things: food and himself. At a fancy restaurant, he meets a temporary waiter named Nicolas, an irreverent young man with the hands of a pianist and a charming, arrogant smile. To feed his self-indulgence, Frédéric hires Nicolas as a personal food taster. As we soon discover, he is plotting to get the waiter obsessed with the same culinary tastes Frédéric has, and, more importantly, to essentially make Nicolas a living replica of himself. Nicolas, played by Jean-Pierre Lorit, best known for his role as a young law student in Krzysztof Kieslowski's incredible Red, gives his character a touch of unruly enigma, but that is as far as he can go with the role.

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Recounting a personal story of the horrors of Pol Pot's Killing Fields in 1970s Cambodia,...

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