Diamond Island

Courtesy of Les Films du Losange

Friday, March 22, 2019

Directed by Davy Chou. Cambodia 2016. Khmer with English subtitles. 101 min.

Diamond Island is a symbol of Cambodia’s future: a sprawling, ultra-modern luxury housing development set along the river in Phnom Penh. In this stylish coming-of-age story, eighteen-year old Bora arrives from the provinces to work at the construction site. There, he forges new friendships, courts a local girl, and is even reunited with his older brother Solei, who disappeared from their village five years ago. Things grow ever more complicated as Solei introduces Bora to the exciting world of Cambodia’s privileged urban youth, with its girls, its nightlife, and its illusions.

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