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The Beautiful Country (2005)



Critic Consensus: The plight of Asian refugees is sensitively rendered, and the movie builds, with the help of Nolte, to a wrenchingly poignant conclusion.

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'The Beautiful Country' follows the story of Binh, a shy Vietnamese man in his 20s who embarks on a personal journey with a young beautiful woman, Ling, aboard a refugee ship to America in search of a better life and Binh's estranged American father.

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Tim Roth
as Captain Oh
Chapman To
as Chingmy
Thu An Nguyen
as Old Woman
Pham Ha Duy
as Cousin (age 16)
Minh Trang Ngo
as Cousin (age 14)
Ha Viet Trang
as Friend at Tavern
Bui Ti Hong
as Crippled Woman
Vu Tang
as Head Servant
Anh Thu
as Mrs. Hoa
Khuong Duc Thuan
as Mrs. Hoa's Son
Man-chat To
as Chingmy
Van Be Truong
as Grandfather
Phat Trieu Hoang
as Captain on Junk
Nguyen Thi Xuan Thuc
as Begging Woman
Looke Wee Suu
as Official
Nguyen Dinh Thi
as Interpreter
Nghiem Xuan Minh
as Sick Old Man
La Vien Toan
as Old Man
Le Chuy Gioi
as Middle-Aged Man
Ha Phong Nguyen
as Young Angry Man
Ah Ha
as Plump Man
Hoang Dung
as Player
Phan Vi Long
as Kind Man
as Soldier
Do Huyen Chi
as Girl in Party Dress
Tran Thi Hoan
as Chi's Mother
Carl Savering
as Truck Driver
Bobby Chinn
as Bunk Mate
Jon Katz
as Man in Window
Rafael Foncillas
as Child in Window
Santiago Foncillas
as Child in WIndow
Richard Lack
as Postal Clerk
Phyllis Cicero
as Receptionist
Dora Chu
as Bartender
Victor Macias
as Mexican Man
Libby Villari
as Steve's Ex-Wife
Don L. McCoy
as Police Officer
Kirk Griffith
as Ranch Owner
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Critic Reviews for The Beautiful Country

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (28)

Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.

April 12, 2010 | Full Review…

The Beautiful Country provides a panorama without insight.

August 7, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

[A] graceful and yet harrowing drama.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

At times, the movie feels like a manufactured Asian Chocolat, which drives the label 'art house movie' even further into mainstream banality.

August 4, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Beautiful Country

Slow paced, yet intriguing. I should take away 1/2 a star for the unsatisfying ending, but I just couldn't make myself do it. This was very well done, very moving, and very well casted. No Disney ending here, but nice enough to not get me too mad...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Turns into a very gripping movie after a slow beginning. A few unexpected twists adds to the suspense. We get to see both misery and hope when the characters is searching for the American dream. Great acting and photography.

Stefan P
Stefan P

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"The Beautiful Country" starts in rural Vietnam in 1990 where Binh(Damien Nguyen) is already an outcast in society for having an American father, but his adoptive mother's possible upcoming marriage may force him out even more into the cold. So, he packs up his meager belongings and heads to Ho Chi Minh City to stay with his mother(Thi Kim Xuan Chau) who works at a mansion as a maid. While there, he meets his much younger half-brother and learns the identity of his father from his parents' marriage certificate. She gets Binh a job at the mansion but an accident forces him to flee along with his younger brother. Their aim is to get to Houston, Texas where Binh's father is from but first they are detained in the purgatory of a refugee camp in Malaysia.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Beautiful Country" is a visually stunning and moving film about finding your own place in the world. But too many events take place for convenience's sake, not out of any dramatic logic. And it is sorely lacking in three dimensional characters. The superior "In This World" covered some of the same territory in a more harrowing vein.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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