Sunday, May 4, 2008

Journey from the fall (Vietnam, 2006)



Journey from the fall is directed by Ham Tran, in my eyes an unknown director but that is not so weird due to the fact that I have never seen a Vietnamese movie before.

It's about people who try to survive after the fall of Saigon, people who wanna get away from communism that takes over and reforms the country and its people. The story circles around a family who are ripped apart during this time. The dad is send to a re-educational camp, while the grandmother, mother and son want to take their chance to go as refugees to America.

It can be guessed, it's a very emotional drama. But, it is a very good one too! You'll see the madness of thes re-educational camps were 'prisoners' try to escape everyday and are being shot like deers. Where people accidentaly step on land mines, which are never cleared. The fear of people who get stuffed into a boat to get to the States, I guess these scenes can be very emotional for people who actually survived this way. The heat, small room and the fear of pirates (for those who immediately think of pirates from comics or Pirates of the Carribean, please grow up) and the worries about your family can't leave no mark on human soul.

And this is exactly what we see in the third part of the movie. To try to start a new life in a new country, which isn't as easy as it sounds. People try to forget their past, but it's never good to forget your past cause it eventually will lead to individual crisis. Who am I?



It really is a strong drama about the effects and insanity of a civil war which doesn't only rip the land apart, but as well the people in it.

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