- Summary: Since 1996, film director Georges Gachot has been following the story of doctor and cellist Beat Richner and his children's hospitals in Cambodia. This film portrays Beat Richner by returning us to the origins of his inspiration in the 1970s, when Richner invented the character Beatocello. This is a film about life and an extraordinary voyage of more than 40 years.… Collapse
- Director: Georges Gachot
- Genre(s): Documentary
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Beatocello’s Umbrella could have been a terrible movie. In theory and largely in execution, it is little more than a promotional video for Kantha Bopha, a group of hospitals in Cambodia, and Dr. Richner, who has run them since the early 1990s. But what a guy!
More scenes of Richner’s admirable efforts in the hospital and fewer expressions of admiration by the doctors and nurses he trains would also have helped to anchor the film’s sincere but repetitive hosannas.