Hoa-Binh

  • 1970
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama, War

Raoul Coutard, the famous cinematographer for a number of Truffaut and Godard films, undertook the direction of a film himself with HOA-BINH, filming in the midst of the Viet Nam War to create a very powerful and stirring picture. The story follows the plight of an 11-year-old Vietnamese boy after his father leaves to fight with the Viet Cong, and his mother...read more

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Raoul Coutard, the famous cinematographer for a number of Truffaut and Godard films, undertook the direction of a film himself with HOA-BINH, filming in the midst of the Viet Nam War to create a very powerful and stirring picture. The story follows the plight of an 11-year-old Vietnamese boy

after his father leaves to fight with the Viet Cong, and his mother is taken to a hospital. Forced to watch over his young sister, he wanders with her to Saigon where the two resort to begging and odd jobs in order to survive. The young girl is eventually brought to an orphanage, leaving the boy

to the streets until he is reunited with his father at the film's end. Coutard took a subject that was very near to his heart, having been a photojournalist in Vietnam prior to working as a cinematographer. Unlike Godard, Coutard avoided making any political comments, allowing the images to speak

for themselves. Prior to its U.S. release, HOA-BINH won 1970 awards as Best Picture at the London Film Festival and Best First Film at Cannes, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.

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