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  • Summary: Facing seizure of their own lands, two families found themselves farming together on the same field, hoping to get through just another rice-farming season like every year. But no matter how much the world is evolving, how much the country is going through economic, political and social changes, they still cannot grasp that ideology of happiness. How can we dream of utopia while our stomach is still grumbling? (Extra Virgin) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 7, 2011
    This fascinatingly knotty movie never becomes a facile screed against the powers that be. Instead, it plays as a more relaxed and leisurely requiem for a slowly vanishing way of life, with sounds and images-a time-lapse contemplation of the cosmos is in the running for scene of the year-that are as mesmerizing as they are subtly pointed.
  2. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jun 7, 2011
    The Northern Thailand pastoral settings are so refreshing and mesmerizing that they alone can provide the movie's raison d'ĂȘtre.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jun 7, 2011
    Raksasad manages to keep the film afloat on the real drama of his nation's political and social issues, bringing an added measure of poignancy to the quiet desperation of his characters.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 9, 2011
    The mood is not one of misery, but of quiet, weary endurance punctuated with moments of joy.