The Beautiful Country

The Beautiful Country
The Beautiful Country
  • R
  • 2h 5m
  • 2004
Certified Fresh78%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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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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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh78%
Critics Consensus: The plight of Asian refugees is sensitively rendered, and the movie builds, with the help of Nolte, to a wrenchingly poignant conclusion.
Globe and Mail
Jason Anderson

Conditions for the characters may be bleak, but their perseverance makes the story compelling.

June 21, 2017
Detroit Free Press
Terry Lawson

A poignant and affecting portrait of the war's lingering consequences.

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson

At times, the movie feels like a manufactured Asian Chocolat, which drives the label 'art house mo...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Provocative drama -- mature teens and adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie tells a harrowing story of a young Ameriasian's journey from Saigon to Texas. Along the way, he sees his mother sexually harassed by her employer, is involved in an accidental death, is battered, starving, afraid, and loses his young half-brother to illness aboard a ship. His closest friend during the journey is a prostitute, who does her work off screen, but it's obvious what she does. The trip also involves some violence, as the overseer on the ship abuses his "cargo," and the captain shoots a man.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 19, 2004
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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