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The Beautiful Country
A Vietnamese man looking for a better life embarks on a dangerous and eye-opening voyage to America in this powerful drama set during the early '90s. In 1990, Binh (Damien Nguyen) is a man in his early twenties who has never known his parents, though he is clearly of mixed-race parentage, which makes him an outcast in his community. Weary of being treated like an animal, Binh sets out to find his mother, Mai (Thi Kim Xuan Chau), only to discover she works as a servant for a wealthy family who subject her to constant abuse, and that she has a baby son. When a household accident leads to the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A poignant and affecting portrait of the war's lingering consequences."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"An ambitious movie made on a modest budget, its intention is better than its execution."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's ambitious but bleak social problem film is compelling but never fully satisfies in its clumsy dramatics."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A well-intentioned but not entirely successful blend of tragic melodrama, social-issue expose and compassionate portraiture..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Conditions for the characters may be bleak, but their perseverance makes the story compelling."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"This haunting film casts a wide swath that veers between obvious cliches and intensely visceral truths."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The most stunning beauty comes in human connections, physical touch, unconditional acceptance, familial love - in the treacherous and tender terrain of the human heart."
‑ Camerin Courtney, Christianity Today
"Some of the plotting borders on ludicrous, and newcomer Nguyen is pretty much charisma-free."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It's beautiful in its simplicity, exhibiting the kindness people are capable of and how profound that can be."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"[A] graceful and yet harrowing drama."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Worthwhile as an informative and touching reminder of the existence of a forgotten set of innocent victims of the Vietnam conflict."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
""The Beautiful Country" touches on many thorny social issues about the way the world works, but it's ultimately Binh's story, a truthful and heartening one."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"There's little said about what is driving Binh on this journey -- and without that, the trip is nearly as hard on audiences as it is on him."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"...tells what could have been a bathetic story with persuasive compassion, admirable restraint and a painterly precision"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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