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Le Papier ne peut pas envelopper la braise (le)

Le Papier ne peut pas envelopper la braise (le)

A Feature film by Rithy Panh

Produced by INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, Catherine Dussart Production (CDP)

Release in France : 31/03/2007

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A face doused by red light.
“Why don’t you now go home to your village?”
“I don’t want to. I’m ashamed.”
“No one knows your story. If you like, I’ll help you. Go home.”
“No, I’m ashamed. No one knows what I’m doing here at Phnom Penh. But you know it.”
The film couldn’t be closer to life: it focuses on the spiritual death of a prostitute. The ultimate of social decline ends in the irreparable justice of an irreversible procedure: the destruction of a body.
For me it’s a commitment, an attempt to make amends: to deal with my inability to react when confronted by intolerable situations.
The film stems from this. Distress combines with anger inside of me. I hold it against people who frequent these “prostitutes.” I hold it against indifference, poverty, good intentions. Hence the film resembles this rage, fragmented, keen as the debris of a dream.


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Assistant directors :

Narith Roeun, Thén Nan Doeun

Director of Photography :

Prum Mésar

Press Attachés (film) :

Annick Rougerie, Jean-Fabrice Janaudy

Music Composer :

Marc Marder

Grader :

Rémy Berger

Sound mixers :

Myriam René, Benoît Ménager

Screenwriter :

Rithy Panh

Sound Recordist :

Sear Vissal

Editor :

Marie-Christine Rougerie

Compositor :

Marc Marder

Music Performer :

Marc Marder

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Feature film

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1 h 30 min

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