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Rice People
Rice People
Actors: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn, Sophy Sodany
Director: Rithy Panh
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2006     2hr 5min

Acclaimed Cambodian director Rithy Panh (S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine) reveals the never-ending struggle of Cambodia?s rice-paddy farmers In this powerful story of loss and survival. RICE PEOPLE is a remarkable ear...  more »


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Actors: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn, Sophy Sodany
Director: Rithy Panh
Creators: Jacques Bouquin, Rithy Panh, Andrée Davanture, Jacques Bidou, Pierre-Alain Meier, Shahnon Ahmad, Ève Deboise
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/30/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1994
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

It no longer takes one to know one.
R. ARANT | Lanesville, Indiana USA | 05/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To me at least, this is the most touching of Rithy Panh's dramatic works. As always the photography is wonderful, and the acting is never perceived as acting, but incredibly real. A very wide range of characters in this one, which will have a special appeal to women of all nationalities.

Those interested in village life will learn of the many natural enemies of the rice farmer, something I've never seen portrayed in any other film. This story is so absorbing that from the opening scene we forget it's a film and get drawn into the story so deeply that at times it's more sympathetic pain than pleasure we experience, the same emotion most of us are left with after every single visit to Cambodia, a country which has broken countless hearts many times over. One feverish dream flashback sequence is absolutely stunning in its impact. The hopelessness expressed by the male lead matches that felt by the average Cambodian today.

A perfect study aid for intermediate level students of Khmer. The dialogue is crystal clear. The folksy style and intimate forms of address between rural husband and wife are something you'll never get from any text book, but if you are from rural America you will recognize the similarities."
Rithy Panh's Rice People
C. R. Went | Australia | 03/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is poignantly devoted to Panh's family and whilst does not directly address the Pol Pot regime and consequences, there are allusions to it at times in the film. The film portrays the harshness of village life in Kandal province, Cambodia; the father dies after blood poisoning from a thorn injury, mother turns to drink and madness and the daughters are left with the task of harvesting their rice. The film tracks the seasonal development of the rice crop with the characters' stories interwoven. This is a great film, like all of Panh's work."
Haunting price of survival
Elisa Berger | Addison, TX United States | 09/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wanted a trip to Cambodia, to see what was left after despot Pol Pot dumped 2 million bodies of his people in the rice fields of their native land. This movie captures it. First, it's beautifully filmed with a haunting original score. The featured husband Yong and wife Yim have miraculously retained a personal sense of worth, spirituality and hope through the massacres. Then her husband dies in a farming accident and Yim rails at the gods. Her tragic decline into madness mirrors the regime's 4-year slaughter of the country's innocence, vitality and spirit. Her grief IS her country's darkest hour. She speaks for those souls who want to recapture the past and demand an answer for their suffering. At the end of the story a glimmer of hope: instead of being relegated to cage like a sick animal her four loving daughters decides to care for her until her death. Yes, Cambodia will survive Pol Pot, but the tragedy will be forever stamped into the daily lives of the survivors' families for generations."