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Henri Marteau ...
Emile
Carlo Brandt ...
Castellani
Gérard Lartigau ...
L'Admiral
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Raymond (as Hubert Saint Macary)
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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and drug related scenes | See all certifications »
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23 December 1992 (USA)  »

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Indochine  »

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$5,734,232 (USA)
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Trivia

Some scenes were shot in The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (also know as the Blue Mansion) in George Town, Malaysia. See more »

Goofs

42m 19s: One raw block of rubber reappears on the table after it has already been fed through the flattening machine. See more »

Quotes

Yvette: The truth is nobody here likes you. Even the trees wouldn't grow if they had a choice!
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Connections

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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Forget the Maltin comment about tripe
20 June 2000 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

After seeing The Scent of Green Papaya, I was not expecting much, just a vehicle for Catherine Deneuve. And while it most definitely is that, it is also so much more.

The stunning cinematography, the elegant score, and the epic love story set against the turbulent colonial times. I was quite taken with the myriad plot twists. Too bad our high schooler has a 3minute attention span.

This is a very real depiction of colonialism. One reviewer noted the maternalism of Deneuve's character while pointing out the brutality of the slave sellers. People expecting a total condemnation of colonialism or a total condemnation of communism just don't see the gray between the black and white. Unfortunately, only Europeans could have made this movie. There is no didactic viewpoint, which is why some Americans don't react well to it. While the ending is a bit flat, it still doesn't detract from the fact that this was a great movie.

One of the little pleasures of this movie is listening to the Vietnamese housemaid's pidgin French and reading the subtitled translation. While movies like The Scent of Green Papaya are wonderful and deserve all the accolades they are accorded, this movie is very underrated. Green Papaya is a nice cultural experience but it can't come close to Indochine for grit and history. 3 1/2 stars out of 4.


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