A River Changes Course

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  • Summary: A River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them.

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  1. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Oct 3, 2013
    90
    This human story is profound enough to stand on its own.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 10, 2013
    80
    Mam's camera work is exquisite in its immediacy and agility. One of the most striking aspects of her film is the intimacy it achieves without feeling intrusive or turning her subjects into fodder for a message.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    For the most part, the narrative here feels generational, representative, rather than invested in the specific incidents of specific lives.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 10, 2013
    80
    Beautiful images can be a distraction in a serious documentary, but that's hardly the case here. They draw us in so we can better understand the hurtling changes that endanger the future of Cambodia and, by extension, much of the developing world.
  5. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    A delicate documentary about a way of life that's slowly disappearing, yet gives way to nothing new.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 2, 2013
    70
    Prospects are dim no matter where these people choose to reside, and A River Changes Course captures their struggle with an ethnographic gaze that generally maintains enough detachment to avoid excessive, judgmental handwringing and heartstring-tugging.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 7, 2013
    70
    Honest and well made but lacking a strong hook.
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