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      Journey From the Fall

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      92% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 89% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Read More Read Less
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      Ham Tran's ambitious film proves to be extremely powerful due to stunning photography and passionate performances.

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      Jason Anderson Globe and Mail It's to the great credit of Tran and his cast that the movie has such immediacy, gracefulness and power. Rated: 3/4 Aug 17, 2007 Full Review Janice Page Boston Globe Even when its wires are showing, the movie's soul is always evident. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 22, 2007 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle An emotionally moving film that presents the story of the Vietnam War aftermath from the perspective of those who once called themselves Vietnamese. Rated: 3/5 May 22, 2007 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse Tram manages to portray history, communicate his comments, and entertain at the same time, through a genuinely cinematic approach in both context and production values. Feb 21, 2021 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3/5 Oct 6, 2007 Full Review Bruce Kirkland Jam! Movies As a fictional version of historical fact, it artfully tells a story of humanity that will interest anyone who wants to understand what happens in a war zone when the shooting stops. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 17, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A riveting Story which captures the very real struggle faced in the aftermath of The Fall of Saigon. It follows a family seperated, with the father/ husband (Long) in a "re-education camp" and his wife, son and mother migrate to southern California. Due to this seperation, Long had no choice to believe his family was dead. This was a sad reality that many families had to face during the Vietnamese diaspora. The overwhelming sadness of a missing loved one, and the never ending anxiety of starting a new life in a forign country. Prior to this film, I have never even heard of the Vietnamese diaspora. So learning about it through the eyes of a family facing it was eye opening. I would most definatley reccomend this film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I have been so curious about what happened in the Vietnam war, and because of this film, I got the picture of how cruel it is back then. I have a lot of Vietnamese friends and whenever we got together with our parents, I thought they were just kidding or exaggerating the scene not knowing it was all true. The refugee camps they used to stay in, the bombings and killings of innocent people, the trauma, and other mental health effects on them. The way they shoot the movie is superb, the cinematography was so dramatic and the camera angles and shots mirrored the various occasions and places distinctively. From beginning to end, it was amazing, I don't know how many times I cried and got carried away by the events that took place in this film. It was hard to watch, let alone imaging that this really happened in real life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Coincidentally, I recently watched another movie with the same theme, "The Green Dragon" which also reflects the refugee problem in the late Vietnam War. After watching it for a long time, I realized that the American officer in "Green Dragon" turned out to be Sam from the movie Ghost. I am very interested in his comments. That is, he mentioned in the play that there is no democracy and freedom in the country ruled by the Communist Party. It doesn't fit in with the education that I have received as a Chinese, that how socialism is good, how capitalist countries exploit people, and so on. I don't want to discuss politics here. I just want to say that people who have left their hometowns are suffering, it is the pain from war and the distress of parting. Everyone felt lucky that they had escaped, but were also sad for it. The army cook is a very pleasing character. In the film, he connects the sorrows of refugees from the hometown with the sorrows of an ordinary American. This is one of the highlights of the film. Such a romantic painter-I would rather call him a painter because painters have dreams of painting-the impact on a child who lost his mother in the flames of war will last a lifetime. "Journey From the Fall" is different from "Green Dragon" which tells the story of refugee camps. The film describes the difficulties of refugees fleeing and their living conditions after arriving in the United States. One big thing in common between the two films is that the story revolves around a lonely and silent man who lost his family in the war. I think that children are indeed the best protagonists in war movies. There is no need for a rain of bullets or no need for blood and gores. Just a sentence of "When will mother come back" and "I want to wait for Dad to come back" is enough to make every audience feel the endless pain of war brought to people. , it's a kind of pain that reflects on the soul even more than it does on the body. The little boy posted his only picture on the bulletin board of the refugee camp before he left. He hoped that his mother would know that they had been here. The little boy drew the story and put it in an envelope, hoping his father would see it. Those letters will always just lie in grandma's tin box. "Will Mom come back?" Will Dad come back? "... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Journey From the Fall is an indie film that shows viewers of the film the horrific tragedies of the post Vietnam war of the 1970s through a small family who were anti-communist. The beginning of the film shows chaos as Vietnam had just fallen into the hands of communism and unfortunately the main character is a soldier who had originally fought for the South Vietnamese against communism. The film captures the gruesomeness of not only the types of events that transpired while trying to escape Vietnam post Vietnam war era such as death, violence, and the consequences of those types of actions. We see those consequences pressed upon those who were not only the victims that died but also the victims that survived such as the main character's family. The two biggest topics in the film that we see are loss and separation of family which occurs to the main character and his family. The loss that we see is the loss of their home country which is a huge theme as it is constantly spoken about as well as the fact that they were forced to leave or potentially die. The film is overwhelmed by the theme of loss which causes the other main topic of the film to reveal itself through the consequences of loss being family separation. The separation of family and the everlasting toll that it bears onto people is shown through the clear distress that the characters have when being separated while trying to flee to America. Another example of family separation in this film that we see is near the end with the family dealing with the horrific uncertainty of whether their father, the main character, is a live or dead. I would highly recommend people see this film for not only a good film but also a potential visual of the horrors and tragedies that come with war, even in a relatively small war such as the Vietnam war. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member This is an emotional and powerful movie about boat people's painful experiences and why they need to leave the country after Americans left. The movie helps you understand more about the Vietnamese diaspora's struggles: learning a new language, adjusting to a different culture, and family separation and reveals what was left behind. It's a great story and a well-made movie with emotional acting. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Journey from the Fall a film about a Southern Vietnamese family's struggle to make a living after the Vietnam War. As the child of two immigrant parents from Algeria, I have heard about their struggles though not as intense as some in the film. It has made me very grateful for the opportunities I have been given and basically the head start many lack to get started or on their feet. The movie evoked a lot of emotion due to the strong display of character and love and care shown between the family. Many Vietnamese sought refuge in America, trying to build a future for themselves. The film made me appreciate family and the risks my parents took coming to America to live out the American dream. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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