Friday, November 19, 2010

Bora's tearful vision

Actress Kauv Sotheary played the main lead, her mother, in Lost Loves
Emotional, sentimental, moving, tear-jerking, all these and more were emotions felt by the audience, and me, at Meta House whilst watching Chhay Bora's poignant film set in the Khmer Rouge period, called Lost Loves. It's based on the true story of his mother-in-law, Leav Sila, who like so many of her countrymen and women suffered extreme hardships and acute unhappiness during the regime's control of her country in the Seventies. It's a brave attempt by Bora to put a human face on the Cambodian suffering, with his wife Kauv Sotheary taking the film's main lead, as well as writing the story about her own mother. There was lots of pain and tears as you might expect, afterall the main character lost her father, brother and two children, but the indomitable spirit of the survivors of that period shone through, accompanied by some gorgeous shots of the Cambodian countryside, all captured during a 45-day shooting period. The film was premiered at the recent international film festival in Phnom Penh and the director hopes to show it abroad, if funds prevail. One familiar face on screen was Nou Sondab, who played the part of Auntie Sok. She is the mother of contemporary dancer Belle and has been a well-known actress on Khmer television for many years.
Director Chhay Bora answers questions from the audience at Meta House
A familiar face to Khmer audiences was Nou Sondab, mother of the dancer Belle

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Blogger Jodi said...

Do you know if this film might be shown in the U.S. anytime soon?

November 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I don't believe so Jodi. The director wants to add a musical score to it before it gets wider distribution as the score on it right now is from another film. I think screenings in the USA will be made know as and when they happen.

November 28, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

LA Times on Lost Loves and Cambodian Cinema:,0,3522933.story

November 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

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