The Beautiful Country
Closed Capationed Starring: Nick Nolte & Bai Ling R

An epic story of hope.
The Beautiful Country
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English - Closed Captioning
    • Subtitles - English, French, Portuguese, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Hans Petter Moland - Director
    • Interviews: Sabina Murray - Screenwriter
    • Trailers: Sony Pictures Previews

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 07/15/2005
"Handsomely photographed....Inside the Norwegian director's glove of empathy is a fist of unappeasable anger."
New York Times - 07/08/2005
"The basic narrative of THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY is powerful and timely."
USA Today - 07/08/2005
"It is a moving portrait of life in rural Vietnam in 1990, and it offers a glimpse of Saigon....It has powerful performances and a multi-layered quality. It is an epic journey worth taking."

Product Description:

Binh (newcomer Damien Nguyen) is an outcast in his small village and the quiet hero of this affecting drama, which opens in the lush landscapes of the Vietnamese countryside. The son of an American soldier and a native woman, Binh is considered in his country to be "lower than dust." Though he grew up in his grandmother's home, he is forced to leave when his aunt's new husband moves in, taking his place. Binh travels to Saigon in search of his mother, where he meets his small half-brother, Tam, and learns about his parents' life together. When disaster strikes, Binh is forced to flee with Tam, boarding a dangerously small boat of refugees with the ultimate destination of America. The ship is waylaid and the brothers are interred in a Malaysian refugee camp, where they befriend a beautiful young Chinese woman, Ling (Bai Ling). The three make their escape with the help of Ling's dubious connections with the guards, and embark on a voyage to New York that is even more fraught with peril than the last. They find themselves at the mercy of cynical Captain Oh (Tim Roth), as well as horrific conditions of deprivation and desperation among countless other refugees. Binh must constantly fight the class and cultural hierarchies that survive even under these circumstances. Upon arrival stateside, Binh's situation improves only slightly, but he perseveres in his quest to locate his lost father (Nick Nolte). Based on a story conceived by Terrence Malick, the auteur's touch is felt in the sweeping beauty of the photography and the wistful, haunting tone of the story. Nguyen's performance is utterly fresh, rendering the melodramatic nature of the material personal and intimate, while the subject matter itself frames the prescient issue of immigration in a story of universal appeal.

Plot Keywords:

America | Theatrical Release | Vietnam

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: July 8, 2005 (Expands)

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