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Karmalink

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Cambodia, United States
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2022

1h 41m

Director Jake Wachtel
Starring Srey Leak Chhith, Leng Heng Prak, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Sirinya Bishop
Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
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In near-future Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a teenage boy teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighborhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams. What begins as a hunt for a Buddhist treasure soon leads to greater discoveries that will end in digital enlightenment or a total loss of identity.

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Paste Magazine by Kevin Fox, Jr.

Karmalink is a very good story about child detectives trying to make do in an imbalanced and unfair world. Like Inception, it nods at the human desire to escape into our dreams, and like much of sci-fi, it grapples with human reliance on technology. Some of the most interesting implications go unexplored, but it’s beautiful to look at and delights where it treads.
70

Screen Rant by Nadir Samara

Though the performances are all very enjoyable, the dialogue pulls down the script. Despite this, however, Karmalink is unique, introspective, and beautifully imperfect.
80

Variety by Richard Kuipers

This striking feature debut by U.S. filmmaker Jake Wachtel takes viewers on a fascinating and frequently wondrous expedition to a place where science and metaphysics intersect.
70

Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

While the first two acts are more engaging and accessible than the third – the picture does get a little bogged down in its effects and ideas – there’s no question that this is an imaginative and original debut from director Jake Wachtel.