First They Killed My Father

First They Killed My Father

First They Killed My Father

Biopic based on the memoir of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, a survivor of the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. Ung co-writes with Angelina Jolie, who directs.

The story is told through Ung's eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

2017136 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
Director:
Angelina Jolie ('Unbroken', 'In the Land of Blood and Honey', 'By the Sea')
Writer:
Loung UngAngelina Jolie
Cast:
Sareum Srey MochPhoeung KompheakSveng SocheataTharoth Sam
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Vulture

Vulture

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Amid all the important facts, I longed for something unnecessary from the filmmaker, some expressive flourish whose sole purpose isn't just to convey information.

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Variety

Variety

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Dramatically speaking, apart from the fact that no child should experience what Loung had to witness, she's not an especially compelling character...

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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The Khmer Rouge's repressions and exactions are depicted fearsomely, but many of Jolie's images are postcard-pretty, and their emotional range depends mainly upon the child actors' tremulous and steadfast expressions.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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An engrossing, dynamically shot movie that moves with real fluidity and complexity.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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[Jolie] has created an accomplished piece of work which is possessed of a genuine artistry.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Though this story couldn't mean more to Jolie, she hasn't been able to make it mean as much to us.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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What the film doesn't have is the visceral impact that would take it from a well intentioned treatise to a searing work of art.

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Vulture

Vulture

press

Amid all the important facts, I longed for something unnecessary from the filmmaker, some expressive flourish whose sole purpose isn't just to convey information.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Dramatically speaking, apart from the fact that no child should experience what Loung had to witness, she's not an especially compelling character...

0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

The Khmer Rouge's repressions and exactions are depicted fearsomely, but many of Jolie's images are postcard-pretty, and their emotional range depends mainly upon the child actors' tremulous and steadfast expressions.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An engrossing, dynamically shot movie that moves with real fluidity and complexity.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

[Jolie] has created an accomplished piece of work which is possessed of a genuine artistry.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Though this story couldn't mean more to Jolie, she hasn't been able to make it mean as much to us.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

What the film doesn't have is the visceral impact that would take it from a well intentioned treatise to a searing work of art.

0

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