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A Land Imagined

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Noir mystery has violence, nudity, and language.

Movie NR 2019 95 minutes
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Mystery fans hoping for a story that has a beginning, a middle, and wraps up with a flourish won't warm to this suspenseful but perplexing mood piece with global social commentary. Director Yeo Siew Hua, graced with Hideo Urata's stunning photography, takes his viewers into uncharted Singaporean territory, creating a portrait of a foreign government fixated on change and the cultural callousness that results. The search for two missing men unearths a treasure trove of wrongdoing. While purposeful and artistic, the movie's slow pace, unexpected intercutting of different time periods, and uncertain resolution may be off-putting for some. A Land Imagined was the winner of the prestigious Locarno International Film Festival's Golden Leopard Award, a first for a Singaporean movie. The film also received more than a dozen other festival nominations and wins.

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