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Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique


This distinguished outing constitutes Cambodian director Rithy Pahn's feature adaptation of Marguerite Duras' 1950 novel of the same name (a tome typically perceived as a predecessor to her better-known volume The Lover). Panh relies on the material to provide a panoramic overview of his native country, within the context of a fictional narrative. The film, like the novel, unfolds in Duras' temporarily adopted home of French Indochina circa 1931, occupied by a bevy of French estate owners. Surrounded by...more