LE MEILLEUR PAYS DU MONDE
(THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD)
by Ky Nam Le Duc
2021 | 110 min
Drama | Canada (Québec) | French (English subtitles)
Cast: Jorge Martinez Colorado, Marco Ledezma, Marc Beaupré, Louis Sincennes, Nguyen Thanh Tri
Under a far-right government, a province had to close its borders. In the dead of winter, refugees and immigrants are deeply affected. Their security and livelihood are in question. Several try to escape. This is the case of a cleaning lady who will make the heartbreaking choice to leave her young son to his employer, before completely disappearing. Is she still alive? With the help of his ex-father-in-law, also a former Vietnamese refugee, he will try to find out why she disappeared.
Best Movie – Philadelphia Asian American Film (2020)
Best Foreign Movie – Stockholm Independent Film
Audience Award – Reelworld Film Festival (Toronto,
Gimli Film Festival (Winnipeg, 2020)
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (2019)
From one film to the next, the sense of concern about the phenomenon [a certain radicalization of the population towards immigration] is omnipresent, but with a varied narrative treatment. Thus, director Ky Nam Le Duc approaches the subject with a minimalist approach, but with an impact that is just as striking.
— André Duchesne - La Presse (translated from French)
Set in the near future, the film nonetheless relies on some of the shortcomings of contemporary Quebec society to tackle head-on the delicate issue of illegal immigration. If one can speak of a political film, Le meilleur pays du monde is also an intense human drama, often disturbing, rarely comforting.
— Charles-Henri Ramond - Films du Québec (translated from French)