Some films make it easier to believe in humanity and the goodness lurking deep within the human race. If you are looking for such a film, Graves without a Name is not the one for you.
Rithy Panh’s previous film about the tyrannical regime of the Khmer Rouge, The Missing Picture, snatched the Un Certain Regard award and an Oscar nomination. The theme is still the same but the angle a more personal one, due to a family tragedy.
Cambodia today is a country where the legacy of the Khmer Rouge touches everyone and everything. Every passer-by might be a former executioner, informer or terror victim, every farming tool a murder weapon, and every overgrown trail the road to an execution site – or a body dump location. Now, the survivors and the remaining, including Rithy Panh, are looking for the remains of their kin in largely hopeless efforts to find peace for the dead as well as the living.
Rithy Panh alternates between contemporary testimonials, spirit guide séances and funeral rituals, addressing also the present day: what is Cambodia now, having gone through all this? Can the cellular memory and mentality there ever get over the terror – or is it even supposed to?
Minna Saarinen (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)
Language: Cambodian, French
- Name in Original Language: Les tombeaux sans noms
- Director: Rithy Panh
- Country: Cambodia, France
- Year: 2018
- Length: 116 min
- Age limit: K16
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Rithy Panh, Prum Mésar
- Editing: Rithy Panh
- Music: Marc Marder
- Production: Catherine Dussart
- Kinopalatsi 1: Mon 28.1. at 17.00
- Maxim 1: Thu 31.1. at 18.00
- Kinopalatsi 5: Sun 3.2. at 11.00