You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Belonging

Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren't so shallow. Still, "Belonging" could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less.

Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less.

For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English countryside until she was bugged enough by her murky origins to travel to Cambodia, in search of family that might have survived. Chasing rumors and the occasional good lead (Kruger places a TV ad in Phnom Pen), she talks to strangers and people who may know something about her story. Helmer Tamara Gordon gives her too much rope, though, and Kruger’s observations, often made through a haze of forced humor and cigarette smoke, are banal to the point of laughability. After listening to a group of women explain what happened to her mother in a bombing raid, she intones thoughtfully, in voiceover, “Clearly, these people were not my parents.” On the up side, Kruger does hook up with her handsome translator, and he seems genuinely thrilled to head to Blighty with her at pic’s end.

Belonging

Cambodia/U.K.

Production: A Cambodian Film Co. (Phnom Pen) production, in coproduction with FulcrumTV (London). (International sales: Electric Sky, Brighton, U.K.) Produced by Tanara Gordon, Paul Oremland, Li-Da Kruger. Executive producers, Christopher Hird, Tracey Gardiner. Directed, written, lensed (color-DigiBeta) by Tamara Gordon.

Crew: Camera (color, DigiBeta), Gordon; editor, Emma Black; music, Ian Hill. Reviewed at Seattle Film Festival, June 15, 2003. Running time: 87 MIN.

More Film

  • iatse-logo

    IATSE President Matthew Loeb Blasts Editors Guild Leader Over Contract Dispute

    Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less. For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English […]

  • The Nun Trailer

    'The Nun' Eyes Hefty $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

    Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less. For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English […]

  • M Review

    Locarno Film Review: 'M'

    Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less. For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English […]

  • David Ready

    Chernin Entertainment Ups David Ready to Exec VP of Film and Television

    Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less. For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English […]

  • MoviePass card

    MoviePass Cuts Film Selections for Subscribers to Six-Seven Titles per Day

    Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less. For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English […]

  • To All Of The Boys I've

    Film Review: Netflix's 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

    Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less. For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English […]

  • Jared Leto

    Jared Leto Signs With WME (EXCLUSIVE)

    Personal journey of one Cambodian woman, orphaned as a child and flown to the U.K., would be more affecting if it were more tightly focused and its main subject weren’t so shallow. Still, “Belonging” could find some homes if cut to a tube hour or less. For years, Li-Da Kruger lived happily in the English […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content