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The Beautiful Country

Road Trip!

Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland gives us this languid, beautifully-shot film about a couple of society's rejects making their way towards, well, something. Paced slowly and purposefully, this is a road trip movie in which a young man named Binh (Damian Nguyen) sets out from his home in Viet Nam to find his mother and his father. Along the way he befriends a young prostitute (Bai Ling) and braves the high seas on a black market refugee ship captained by an evil Tim Roth.

Patience is a virtue, and this virtue is put to the test in The Beautiful Country. It really is a beautiful, tragic film but one that requires some effort to watch, both because of the oft-depressing content and because it unravels slowly. It's not a perfect film, but the ambitions of the director and some fine camera work make it a damn fine one.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars