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The Scent of Green Papaya
 
 

Directed by Tran Anh Hung, Vietnam / France 1993
104 mins. Vietnamese dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : CAMÉRA D'OR AT 1993 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 

A young peasant girl named Mui is hired to work for a well-to-do family in Saigon. Although the household's fortunes change for the worse, Mui stays with them as a servant and grows infatuated with one of their friends, the handsome Khuyen. Years later, Mui is employed by Khuyen, who has become a renowned pianist. Although Khuyen has a girlfriend, he gradually begins to realise his own strong connection with Mui.  A modern fairy-tale of visual beauty set in 1940s Vietnam.  Winner of 1993 Cannes Film Festival Caméra d'Or.

 
What the Critics say:
 
"The movie's poetic-realist design meshes detailed, patient observation and delectable, poignant travelling shots; it grounds us in the quotidian duties of service and dissects contemporary Vietnamese social hierarchies, yet adds up to something much more subtle and enticing: a lyrical portrait of the human spirit in work and in love. Exquisitely controlled."  (Derek Adams - Time Out)

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