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But that's only the beginning of Laura’s movement toward enlightenment, and back to life. Beyond Rangoon abounds in memorable encounters--with individuals variously supportive and terrifying, and with locations and situations where hope and catastrophe trade off like valences of the same energy. As critic Kathleen Murphy has noted, "It's as though the fabric of reality shivers like water, racking focus into a new, altered pattern of experience." (Case in point: the startling image of a car's rear window star-shattered by a pursuer's bullet as Laura drives down an almost nonexistent jungle road--the pursuit car sharply irised in the bullet hole.) Boorman makes us feel the total chaos of a spectacularly beautiful land that is not only at the mercy of a brutal regime but utterly cut off from an outside world that doesn't, can't, know what's happening there. In this, Boorman's movie immeasurably increased awareness of Burma's tragedy, but it hasn't prevented the government of what's now called Myanmar from keeping Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest more than 20 years later. --Richard T. Jameson
Suffice to say that I was greatly moved by the stories in the movie.
I am surprised that movies like Beyond Rangoon do not get much recognition out of Hollywood and the general public as it deserves.
She learns of the government crackdown that has cost many their lives, as soldiers have fired into crowds of young students.
This is a story that not nearly enough people know about. It's important to see this film. Unfortunately, the focus is on a Western woman - I guess to make it more identifiable. Read morePublished 17 days ago by wrlord
This is a fine character transformation film with Arquette playing a widow unable to cope with her grief following the murder of her husband. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edward McNulty
A moving story based on real-life events. Having watched it over a decade ago, I still remember parts vividly. Recently purchased it to watch it again and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tracy Smith
Absolutely stunning film about areas I was not aware of.Published 5 months ago by Frances Biafore-gailfoil
This was not your typical and predictable Hollywood movie! Lots of levels playing out here. Highly recommend this fantastic movie.Published 8 months ago by jem
A friend of the family was director and is one of the actors in the movie. It makes the story that much more captivating.Published 15 months ago by Muddiver
Been looking for this movie for ages... it came brand new and works great! Will shop here more often! love it and finally happy to own it!Published 15 months ago by Rocky
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I fell for this movie when it was released too. I too wish that the Powers that control the rights will Let us see a movie that still rings a truth today about the turmoil that is in Burma.
Nov 16, 2007 by D. L. Phillips | See all 2 posts