Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam)
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Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam)
Six directors combine efforts for this documentary, a searing anti-American indictment of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Alain Resnais, William Klein, Joris Ivens, Agnes Varda, Claude Lelouch, and Jean-Luc Goddard all direct segments. They are quick to point out that the U.S. is radically divided about their country's policy to stop the threat of communism. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Alternately strident and eloquent, muddled and incisive, Far From Vietnam remains compelling both as artful propaganda and as a prophetic historical artifact."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Necessarily dated but still a fascinating document."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"It's fascinating to see a dissenting opinion and wonder where the truth really lies."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Most problematic is the way in which the Vietnamese are romanticized, as if they had not fought for their livelihoods and land, visceral and specific, but for ideals alone."
‑ Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine
"The horror of the war's direct effect, the fury of the resistance that it provoked, the self-inflicted damage to American ideals, and its over-all impact as a lever for huge social, political, and psychological fractures are packed in."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Although dated as propaganda, it's still one of the most effective political documentaries ever made."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"None of the French talent involved seemed to recall that the Vietnam conflict had its roots in the French military occupation of Indochina. Obviously, there was more than a little amnesia on the road from Dien Bien Phu to the Cannes screening rooms."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A broken film doesn't really make the best statement about anything. Or utter a cry."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
""Far from Vietnam" drags slightly, but it remains a powerful example of what can happen when artists apply their talents to doing more than entertain."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"The Vietnam War comes back vividly, frighteningly in this collaborative work from distinguished filmmakers"
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
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