Funan’ Review: An Unflinching, Animated Story of Survival

Denis Do tells a grim tale of captivity and oppression in 1970s Cambodia.

In 1988, the Japanese director Isao Takahata broke new ground in animation with “Grave of the Fireflies,” an almost unbearably grim story of children in a devastated post-World War II Kobe. That picture used the medium of animation not just to depict the deprivation and suffering of its young characters, but also to show their memories and the better world they imagine.

“Funan,” a new and striking animated film directed by Denis Do, tells the story of a Cambodian family separated during the Khmer Rouge-ordered migrations of the mid-1970s. Here, a child, separated from his parents and moving from labor camp to labor camp, does not find solace in memories or imagination. Most of the movie focuses on the parents and their determination to escape their own enslavement and find their son.

Read full review at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/06/movies/funan-review

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