The Last Reel


Sophoun, the rebellious daughter of a hard-line army colonel, lives her life for the moment, hanging out with a local gang. But when her father returns home with another arranged marriage proposal, Sophoun flees her imploding home and seeks refuge in a derelict cinema. There, she is shocked to discover an incomplete 1970s melodrama from pre-Khmer Rouge times, a film which starred her now desperately ill mother as a glamorous young woman. A story from a different world, a different time. With the help of the cinema’s elderly projectionist, Sophoun re-makes the missing last reel of the film, reprising her mother’s role. By premiering the completed film forty years later, she hopes to remind her mother of a life she’d once lived and to mend the psychological scars that still haunt her. The old film, however, poses more questions than it answers. The promise of the Cambodian film industry and its newest star was cut short in 1975 by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime which specifically targeted actors and filmmakers as enemies of the people. Remaking the last reel offers Sophoun an opportunity to dictate her own destiny but at the cost of uncovering some painful truths about her family and their past.


Genre: Drama

Country: Cambodia

Year: 2014

Duration: 106 minutes

Director: Kulikar Sotho

Language(s): Central Khmer

Subtitles: English subtitles

Producer: Nick Ray, Tan Sotho, Chris Wheeldon,  Lloyd Levin

Screenplay: Ian Masters

Cinematographer: Bonnie Elliott

Editor: Katie Flaxman

Sound: Greg Burgmann, Brooke Trezise

Principal Cast: Ma Rynet, Rous Mony, Sok Sothun, Hun Sophy, Dy Saveth