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The Missing Picture [Blu-ray]

Randal Douc , Rithy Panh    Exempt   Blu-ray
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Randal Douc
  • Directors: Rithy Panh
  • Format: Surround Sound
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: New Wave Films
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


"For many years, I have been looking for a missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge, when they ruled over Cambodia...On its own, of course, an image does not prove mass murder, but it prompts us to think, to meditate, to build history. I searched for it in the archives, in old papers, in the villages of my country, in vain. Now I know: this image must be missing. I was not in fact really looking for it; would the image not be obscene and insignificant? Thus I have made it up. What I offer you today is neither the image nor the search for a unique image, but the image of a quest: the quest that cinema allows." Rithy Panh

The Missing Picture was inspired by the book Rithy Panh co-wrote with Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts his Past and the Commandant of the Killing Fields (Clerkenwell Press, 2013). The film won the highest award of Cannes Un Certain Regard selection.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `Sometimes a silence is a scream' 30 Mar 2014
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This was Cambodia's entrance for the 2014 Oscars as best foreign language film. It tells the story of Rithy Panh who narrates his tale of what happened to him and his loved ones when Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia. Renaming it Kampuchea and taking the country back to year zero. He uses a mix of archive footage and clay figures which have been carved by hand to recreate what took place. The missing picture are the parts of history that was not photographed and as such only those who were there can bear witness to the atrocities that took place.

When the capital Pnom Penh was emptied - over two million people were uprooted and moved into the countryside. They had every modern thing taken away and were only allowed the clothes on their back - except the shoes and a spoon. The clothes had to be dyed black. They were forced to work in the collectivised camps often doing menial back breaking work that had no real value except to crush the will of the people. The individual as a concept was ended - the party was all that mattered. Death and disease were rampant and this is all told using the clay figures. The Khmer Rouge used to fire slogans at the people all day so that even now Rithy Panh can remember them all verbatim - like `Each being will be a revolutionary or fertiliser for rice'.

There are scenes of animal cruelty here from the archives too as well as humans being mistreated. It can be a difficult watch in places but the narrative is often quite poetic. It is all in French with good subtitles. A very moving and sad account of what this poor man went through and told in an unusual medium. Whilst it may seem to be less immediate because of the little figurines, it still packs quite a punch when you hear what took place in 1975 to 1979 to a country the world seemed to have forgotten about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Khmer rouge civil war 30 April 2014
The director and his family suffered a lot following the communist coup in Cambodia in 1975. The missing image is a testimony of the atrocities which took place in the camps he was sent to with his family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 5 May 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having spent a lot of time in Cambodia and wanting to understand and learn more about its past, I purchased this film. It's a must watch if you have are wanting to know about living under the Khmer Rouge
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and sad 21 Jun 2014
By Inge
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Unusual but entrancing way to tell a story that is hard to tell and at times painful to watch. I warmly recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 13 Aug 2014
A very good, creative film portraying much of the pain and history of Cambodia and the narrator's life. It was very mesmerizing and beautiful.
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