PHNOM PENH: Tuesday, 20th of March 2019 I was invited by Major Cineplex by Samrt Sorya Center Point to review the movie called “”.
“In the Life of Music” highlight the journey of Hope, a young American girl visiting her relatives in Cambodia for the first time. The first few minutes leaves an impression of doubt that have you initially questioning the obvious, will this be yet another subpar privileged Western girl meets third world country plot?
By the time the movie setting smoothly leaps back in time to a stunning 1968 Cambodia, you know the answer is a resounding no. Hope, played by Ellen Wong, wins you over from her first encounter with extreme third world poverty. She makes you weep when you realize why she records everything around her with a video camera, for her Cambodian-born dying mom. Flawless in her ability to succinctly switch from light hearted to emotionally wounded in the blink of an eye, Wong is the actress to watch. She masters the art of delivering touching, poignant moments that capture your very soul.
“In the Life of Music” highlight about a powerful of intergenerational tale that explores Love, War, and a Family’s relationship to “Champa Battambang” made famous by Sinn Sisamouth, The King of Cambodian Music. Exploring three different decades, it depicts the lives of people whose world is inevitably transformed by the emergence of the Khmer Rouge Regime.
The movie “In the Life of Music”received many Awards such as:
5/5/18 – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
* Centerpiece Film
* Winner : Best Director
* Winner: Audience Award
7/5-9/18 – Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival
* Winner: Special Mention Award
10/24 – 10/31/18 – Guwahati International Film Festival
* Opening Film – Southeast Asian selection
* Special Recognition Award
11/08 – 11/18/18 – Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
* Opening Night Film
* Winner: Best Narrative Feature
* Winner: Audience Choice Best Narrative Feature Award
Five Flavours Asian Film Festival, Nominee -New Asian Cinema
Kimkhorn Kuch, Actor of Award Winning Cambodian movie “In the Life of Music” during Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) in Guwahati, Assam, India on Friday, October 26, 2018.