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June 19th, 2017 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

June 19th, 2017

June 19th, 2017
09:33 am

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Rice People
Khmer film Rice People (1994) narrates the tragic story of a farmer family in a Cambodian village, struggling to cultivate their paddy, adjusting with various elements of nature. Narrated in a very realistic way with no touches of melodrama, the entire film focuses on the lives of the family members, who seem to have pretty much nothing other than their paddy as the sole thing in life, about which they constantly think even in their dreams, or even when they are in their deathbed. The performances of all actors (including the child actors) are so natural that it would appear as if the camera captured some moments from their real lives.

In certain aspects, this film reminded me of the Japanese classic The Naked Island, but that one was not such a sad and depressive tale like Rice People.

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