Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
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Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
This distinguished outing constitutes Cambodian director Rithy Pahn's feature adaptation of Marguerite Duras' 1950 novel of the same name (a tome typically perceived as a predecessor to her better-known volume The Lover). Panh relies on the material to provide a panoramic overview of his native country, within the context of a fictional narrative. The film, like the novel, unfolds in Duras' temporarily adopted home of French Indochina circa 1931, occupied by a bevy of French estate owners. Surrounded by the polar extremes of colonialist wealth and indigenous poverty, a young French… More