Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Khmer Rouge, Suicidal Depression, PTSD and Other Cheery Subjects

Of this week's spate of releases, the clear winner is Enemies of the People, Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin's extraordinary and extraordinarily personal excavation of the brutal legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Other new films dealing with mental illness (Helen) and the after-effects of war (The Dry Land) seem shallow and obvious by comparison.

The Dry Land (Slant)
Who Killed Nancy? (Slant)
Enemies of the People (Village Voice)
Helen (Village Voice)
Smash His Camera (Time Out New York)

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