The Beautiful Country
Looking to find a better life -- and his estranged American father -- a shy Vietnamese man in his 20s embarks on a personal journey with a beautiful young woman aboard a refugee ship bound for the United States.
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- Hans Petter Moland
- This movie is
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; cast and crew interview.
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Common Sense Note
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.
- Sexual Content
- Prostitute's actions are not visible, but explicitly referenced.
- A murder, beatings, harsh conditions for refugees and illegal immigrants.
- Social Behavior
- Exploitative traffickers in immigrants, a murderer eludes punishment.
- Discussions of U.S. products (Clint Eastwood, NBA, Folgers coffee, etc.)
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters drink, smoke, do drugs.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it