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Un barrage contre le Pacifique (2008)

A troubled mother's spirit crumbles when her adult children strike out for independence. Feeling abandoned she contemplates taking drastic action.

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Suzanne
Randal Douc ...
Monsieur Jo
Vanthon Duong ...
Stéphane Rideau ...
Agosti
Lucy Harrison ...
Doeun Thenn Nan ...
M. Khing
Chorn Solyda ...
Le père Sok (as Solida Chorn)
Ingrid Mareski ...
La femme de Pierre
Louis Arsac ...
Pierre
Rosa Meas ...
A'chan
Mang Son ...
A'sok
Phén Vann ...
Le chef du village
Jean-Pol Brissart ...
M. Bideau
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French Indochina, 1931. In the Gulf of Siam, a Widow and her two children, Joseph, 2o, and Suzanne, 16, barely survive by exploiting rice fields located much too close to the ocean. Every year their crops are flooded and their only hope lies in the construction of a seawall. The mother refuses to give up and desperately battles both the sea and the corrupt colonial bureaucrats ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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7 January 2009 (France)  »

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Ena fragma ston Eiriniko  »

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Juliette Binoche was considered for the role of the mother. See more »

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Remake of This Angry Age (1957) See more »

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Third Time Out.
25 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The third time we've seen Marguerite Duras' childhood as a movie and they are all more interesting than her own films - which is not difficult. This is not a great film, though it is remarkable on period. I still prefer René Clement's deeply flawed version and I did enjoy the eroticised L'Amant.

Curiously this is the first one not by a French director and it's a French movie. Huppert is always watchable and, with her character shifted to centre stage, there is an interesting change of emphasis. The final shot of the actual rice paddy is resonant. Jo Van Fleet's version seems to come from another planet.

The picture of Colonial Cambodia here is more convincing, though the things that should be central are sketchy - the ex-school teacher mother's back story, her relationship to the locals, who she is supposed to be protecting.


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