“A gritty and dazzling lovers-on-the-run tale … an off-the-beaten-track journey of commendable artistic and poetic vision.” – CineVue
Trapped in Phnom Penh’s seedy underbelly, Sovanna and Phirun – a prostitute and a hot-headed factory worker – are the people Cambodia has left behind. Thrown together by a shocking act of violence, they flee the city to seek shelter in the jungles of their country’s north. Their love is tentative and fragile, but as they ascend further and further into the untamed wilds, their darker natures threaten to consume them both.
An intensely beautiful and unsettling fever dream of a film, Ruin is the latest labour of love from Melbourne-based filmmakers Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Hail, Bastardy). Winning the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, Ruin present an unflinching portrait of a Cambodia both dangerous and magical, where the scars of war linger in ways too often unspoken, and love is the only currency that can be trusted.