CINEMA: BEYOND BELIEF

TOP DIRECTOR JOHN BOORMAN GETS LOST IN WAR-TORN BURMA

Dr. Laura Bowman seems in a perpetual Burma daze. In 1988 Laura (Patricia Arquette), the heroine of Beyond Rangoon, is with a group of tourists who want to get out of Burma before the thugs who run the place start killing everyone. But Laura has not recovered from a personal trauma back home, and when her group leaves she just...stays there. It's a pretty region--like the Mekong Delta in the mid-'60s. Now if only she can find an escort. Why, here's an amiable native (U Aung Ko). "Hello," he says, in effect, "I'm an illegal guide in a military dictatorship, and...

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