The Beautiful Country

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64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics What's this?

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

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  • Summary: Bui doi - "less than dust" - is a slur aimed at Vietnamese children with American fathers. This film, set in 1990, relates the odyssey of a young "bui doi" as he escapes Vietnam, endures refugee camp, and survives a brutal ocean crossing and indentured servitude with a human-traffickingBui doi - "less than dust" - is a slur aimed at Vietnamese children with American fathers. This film, set in 1990, relates the odyssey of a young "bui doi" as he escapes Vietnam, endures refugee camp, and survives a brutal ocean crossing and indentured servitude with a human-trafficking ring. Nevertheless, he manages to keep hope, humanity, and a generous spirit alive as he searches for connection with his long-lost family. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 80
    The script, by newcomer Sabina Murray, is occasionally cloying as the naive hero falls for a bitter prostitute (Bai Ling), but its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.
  2. 80
    Versatile, highly skilled Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's poignant drama examines the lingering effects of U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia.
  3. The film achieves its power through a careful gathering of crucial details, in wordless glances, cruelties of nature and of man and the relentless determination to gain the promised land.
  4. One of those hard-to-pin-down movies where you're not quite sure which sort of story the filmmakers wanted to tell.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Standout performance is by Nolte who, in the final 20 minutes, draws on a deep reservoir of playing broken romantic heroes to portray Binh's father. The subtle, resonant scenes between the two men are worth the price of admission.
  6. Bai Ling plays a resourceful prostitute from a Malaysian refugee camp who grows harder and more alienated by the day. Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Temuera Morrison offer strong supporting performances.
  7. Feels like a manufactured Asian "Chocolat," which drives the label 'art house movie' even further into mainstream banality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Bob
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    Within 5 minutes you could tell this was not an American made movie - too subtle and too intelligent for the mass audiences. I was surprised Within 5 minutes you could tell this was not an American made movie - too subtle and too intelligent for the mass audiences. I was surprised to find it was of Norwegian origin, though. Expand
  2. BarbaraC.
    Sep 16, 2005
    10
    THIS IS an awesome movie. If you are interested in Vietnam or not..it is about hope ...go see it! The characters were gripping and the story THIS IS an awesome movie. If you are interested in Vietnam or not..it is about hope ...go see it! The characters were gripping and the story so moving. I wish more movies like this were being made! Expand
  3. RayS.
    Oct 5, 2005
    10
    The cadence of the film is deliberately slow, but it works to draw the viewer into the story, and to the ending, which is poignant and The cadence of the film is deliberately slow, but it works to draw the viewer into the story, and to the ending, which is poignant and understated--and rings true emotionally. Expand
  4. Doug
    Aug 23, 2005
    9
    A very memorable film. Great cinematography, fascinating, well told story. Even though it's a long film, it holds your interest throughout.
  5. Robert
    Feb 5, 2006
    7
    Lovely, surprising film that carries emotional weight through a young man's wide-ranging search for his father. underrated by many, Lovely, surprising film that carries emotional weight through a young man's wide-ranging search for his father. underrated by many, worth watching. Collapse

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