Monday, December 10, 2012

Comfortably Lost

I managed to get along to one of the many films being shown this week as part of the Cambodia International Film Festival. It was my 1st visit to the Cineplex at Sorya Mall this evening to see Comfortably Lost, a road movie that was shot for a month in Cambodia in late 2010 on Bokor Mountain, at Knai Bang Chatt hotel and on the Tonle Sap Lake amongst other places. It was a feel good tale of an American photographer who naively wanders around southern Cambodia before attempting to head up to Angkor on a moto. He never made it, instead ending up in a family house in the middle of nowhere and choosing to enjoy the simple life amongst the rural villagers rather than his high pressure job in New York. The mainly-Cambodian audience enjoyed the sight of an innocent foreigner, who didn't understand even the most basic Khmer, stumbling around their country. The staged photos of the villagers was a bit weird, but visually compelling nonetheless. As a film it didn't take me anywhere that I haven't already been, and was pleasant enough without being memorable. Tomorrow, I'll return to the Cineplex for a film I've wanted to see for a long time, Two Shadows by Greg Cahill.



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