Mùi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte   1993   Vietnam, France The Scent of Green Papaya
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Director:Anh Hung Tran
Studio:Les Productions Lazennec
Writer:Anh Hung Tran
IMDb Rating:7.2 (3,186 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination
Duration:104 min
Location:Vietnam: Saigon
Anh Hung Tran  ...  (Director)
Anh Hung Tran  ...  (Writer)
Tran Nu Yên-Khê  ...  Mui Age 20 (as Trân Nu Yên-Khê)
Man San Lu  ...  Mui Age 10
Thi Loc Truong  ...  La mère (as Truong Thi Lôc)
Anh Hoa Nguyen  ...  La vieille Ti (as Nguyên 'Anh Hoa)
Hoa Hoi Vuong  ...  Khuyen (as Vuong Hòa Hôi)
Ngoc Trung Tran  ...  Le père
Vantha Talisman  ...  Thu
Keo Souvannavong  ...  Trung
Van Oanh Nguyen  ...  Mr. Thuan
Gerard Neth  ...  Tin
Nhat Do  ...  Lam
Thi Hai Vo  ...  La grand-mère
Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen  ...  Mai
Lam Huy Bui  ...  Le médecin
Xuan Thu Nguyen  ...  L'antiquaire
Benoît Delhomme  ...  Cinematographer
Jean-Pierre Roques  ...  Editor
Nicole Dedieu  ...  Editor
Comments: Terrible soundtrack supporting the "opening the door slowly, inch by inch" story. May revisit, but as a follow up (in terms of my viewing order, not the filmmaker's) to Vertical Ray of the Sun it let me down.

Summary: A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another family, a young pianist and his wife. The musician falls in love with the peasant, he taught her literacy and they eventually married. A movie about a girl's life.

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