The Beautiful Country

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2004

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Director:
Hans Petter Moland
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
An epic story, exotic locales and electrifying performances from Bai Ling (Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow), Tim Roth (Dark Water) and Nick Nolte (Hotel Rwanda) highlight this moving film that celebrates the power of the human spirit. Raised as an orphan, Binh (Damien Nguyen) is a young Vietnamese man with one impossible dream: to be reunited with his birth father, an American G.I. who left without a trace. In an incredible odyssey that stretches from Saigon to New York to Texas, Binh confronts unimaginable hardships as he finds danger, love and, finally, the key to unlocking the mysteries of his past.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It is a straightforward, conventional narrative, charting seemingly endless cruelty and hardship, but rewards the patient with an eloquent climactic sequence that is impossible to ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It is hard not to admire the independence and ambition of The Beautiful Country, even if the film does fall short of its epic intentions.

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    Standout performance is by Nolte who, in the final 20 minutes, draws on a deep reservoir of playing broken romantic heroes to portray Binh's father. The subtle, resonant scenes bet...

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