She is a unequaled glamazon as good as a women’s health disciple who told a universe about her medicine double mastectomy. She has a meticulously managed open form nonetheless professes not to caring what others think. She stays nearby a apex of celebrity’s vicious pyramid, even nonetheless her new cinema usually done income when she was camouflaged (“Maleficent,” “Kung Fu Panda”). She is spooky over — if, in a United States during least, not accurately dear — and bound in a informative firmament as America’s vixen notwithstanding carrying a half-dozen clever brood.

And even nonetheless a open ardour for carnal sum of her personal life has prolonged eclipsed seductiveness in a films she has directed, Ms. Jolie doggedly brings tough, problematic stories to a screen. Three of a 4 cinema she has done are set in wartime, including her latest, “First They Killed My Father,” formed on a loyal story of Loung Ung, who as a immature lady survived a Cambodian genocide and is now one of Ms. Jolie’s tighten friends.

While Ms. Jolie’s progressing cinema garnered temperate reviews, several critics have anointed “First They Killed My Father” her best yet. It is told wholly from a tiny girl’s indicate of view, in Khmer, and perceived a standing ovation during a Telluride Film Festival, where it had a premiere. Netflix was to start streaming it on Sept. 15, when it will also open in a tiny series of theaters.

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Angelina Jolie on a set of “First They Killed My Father.”

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Ms. Jolie pronounced she could not have done a film had she not initial destined “In a Land of Blood and Honey” (2011) about a Bosnian war, and “Unbroken (2014), formed on a loyal story of an American G.I. taken restrained in World War II. (She and Mr. Pitt starred together as a married integrate sealed in a opposite kind of dispute in her 2015 drama, “By a Sea”).

“It wasn’t a unwavering devise of, we was going to make fight films, it’s only what we was drawn to,” she said.

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Ms. Jolie has an memorable tie to Cambodia, not slightest since it totally reordered her life. Before initial visiting in 2000 to fire “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” she had been a Hollywood furious child, a ravishing Goth oddball who, during a Oscars that year dressed like Elvira, Mistress of a Dark, and locked lips with her brother. She also got publicly prohibited and complicated with her second husband, Billy Bob Thornton, and wore a locket with droplets of his blood around her neck.

The beauty and piety she saw in a Cambodian people, along with a durability effects of a genocide, threw Hollywood life into unflattering relief.

“Once we get unprotected to what’s unequivocally function in a world, and other people’s realities, we only can’t ever not know, and we can’t ever arise adult and fake it’s not happening,” she said, “Your whole life shifts.”

She adopted Maddox, now 16, from an orphanage, divorced Mr. Thornton, and threw herself into charitable and environmental work, anticipating durability impulse in wartime survivors and assist workers.

“The genuine will to survive, and a strength of a tellurian spirit, and a adore of a tellurian family becomes so present, and that’s how we should all be living,” Ms. Jolie said. “When you’re around it, it’s utterly contagious, and we know to learn from it.”

The atmosphere pulpy in prohibited and tighten as she spoke, and a object was climbing a approach toward a broiling midday. we was all though keeling over, though Ms. Jolie, who adores a heat, was as stoical as a sphinx. (We shortly changed to a air-conditioned climes of her kitchen.)

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Sareum Srey Moch as Loung Ung in “First They Killed My Father.”

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Ms. Jolie is a contained and staid presence, nonetheless also light, violation any now and afterwards into lilting laughter. She is as visually impediment as she appears onscreen; a sculpted lines of her face alongside a soothing O’s of her eyes and mouth make hers an illusory beauty. Though slight as a sylph, she says she doesn’t exercise, over dipping into a pool with her kids and vaguely intending to someday burst on a treadmill.

Although it was still August, a children — Maddox, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, Knox and his twin, Vivienne — had already begun home school. They would be concomitant her to a Telluride and Toronto film festivals — Maddox has an executive writer credit on a film — and were creation adult for mislaid doctrine time, operative with tutors in several corners of a house, learning, among other things, Arabic, pointer denunciation and physics.

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I asked Ms. Jolie if she ever felt like a manager of a tiny team, and she replied that some-more mostly she felt partial of a fraternity.

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“They unequivocally assistance me so much. We’re unequivocally such a unit,” she said. “They’re a best friends I’ve ever had. Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more.”

That final judgment hung in a air, maybe a pointed reference to, or complaint of, Mr. Pitt, who adopted Maddox, Pax and Zahara, and is a biological father of Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne. The retraction of their 12-year regretful partnership came final September, after an incident aboard a private jet — purportedly involving Mr. Pitt and Maddox — stirred her to record for divorce.

Shortly afterward, Ms. Jolie and a kids changed out of Mr. Pitts’s estate, vital in a let for 9 months as she struggled with a preference about either to buy a new home.

“It took me a few months to comprehend that we was unequivocally going to have to do it. That there was going to have to be another bottom regardless of everything,” she said, her voice descending still and low, as it would any time a theme of a separate arose. “That there was going to have to be a home. Another home.”

The new house, a Beaux Arts manse that was once a chateau of a mythological filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, is a beaut, with a library, rolling lawns, cascading fountains that gurgle into a pool, and a perspective of a Griffith Observatory. Ms. Jolie had an elaborate treehouse built — “more a parkour treehouse,” she pronounced — and a kids helped adorn and collect out a seat for a whole house. They have an agreement, Ms. Jolie said, that not everybody can determine on everything, though we have to try to like it if we don’t hatred it. If we do hatred it, we can overrule.

“It has a lot of moments,” Ms. Jolie pronounced of a home, “It’s happy. Happy and light, and we indispensable that.”

I asked how everybody is doing now.

“None of it’s easy. It’s very, really difficult, a really unpleasant situation, and we only wish my family healthy,” she pronounced quietly.

Are they? “They’re removing better,” she said, her voice coming inaudibility.

She intimated that “First They Killed My Father” competence have sensitive her preference to leave Mr. Pitt. The film centers on Ms. Ung’s family members, some of whom survived, and Ms. Jolie pronounced she suspicion a lot about what family meant during production, and how they should assistance any other and take caring of one another (the film is blending from Ms. Ung’s 2000 book of a same name).

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“Loung had such horrors in her life though also had so most love, and that is because she’s all right today,” Ms. Jolie said. “That is something we need to remember.”

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