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Henri Marteau ...
Emile
Carlo Brandt ...
Castellani
Gérard Lartigau ...
L'Admiral
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Raymond (as Hubert Saint Macary)
Andrzej Seweryn ...
Hebrard
Mai Chau ...
Shen
Alain Fromager ...
Dominique
Chu Hung ...
Mari de Sao
Jean-Baptiste Huynh ...
Étienne, adulte
Thibault de Montalembert ...
Charles-Henri (as Thibault De Montalembert)
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This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was her own daughter. She, and her daughter both fall in love with a young French navy officer, which will change both their lives significantly.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and drug related scenes | See all certifications »
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$5,734,232 (USA)
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Some scenes were shot in The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (also know as the Blue Mansion) in George Town, Malaysia. See more »

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When Eliane and Camille embrace at the prison, Camille's hands change position between shots. See more »

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Jean-Baptiste: At age ten one doesn't know the world needs to be changed.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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La Baya
Music by Henri Christiné
Lyrics by Marcel Heurtebise
Performed by Dominique Blanc
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12 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I thought it was good, if over-long. I've been reading the comments and people saying things about Indochine's realism. From what I can understand from my family (who are all half-French, half-Vietnamese, and who left Vietnam pretty much at the time the film wraps up), the sense you get of Eliane "being in charge" of the Vietnamese, and the failure to look at things from the viewpoint of the Vietnamese themselves, but only from the French perspective, is pretty accurate.

Society was essentially segregated in Saigon / Indochina. One member of my family told me a story about how they left the French "compound" in Saigon one day with their mother and - for the first time - saw the real Vietnamese people, in tattered clothes... Cue "why are they in rags, mummy?" "because that's the way most people live."

So, as I see it at least, I wouldn't criticise this film for the sense you get of the French being oblivious to the reality of their existence in Indochina. That's the way it was. That's the way most colonies were, in fact (think Shanghai). And I think that's the masterstroke of this film: that people lived their lives without ever thinking about the broader impact of what was going on, until everything just fell to pieces around their ears.


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