The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
"Mùi du du xanh" (original title)

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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tran Nu Yên-Khê ...
Mui Age 20 (as Trân Nu Yên-Khê)
Man San Lu ...
Mui Age 10 #orphan # a little girl
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 ...
Keo Souvannavong ...
Van Oanh Nguyen ...
Mr. Thuan
Gerard Neth ...
Nhat Do ...
Thi Hai Vo ...
La grand-mère
Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen ...
Lam Huy Bui ...
Le médecin
Xuan Thu Nguyen ...


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. Written by Zheng Wang <>

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Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Scent of Green Papaya  »

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$1,910,763 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Although the cast and crew of the film are mostly Vietnamese and the film takes place in Vietnam, it was actually filmed completely on a sound stage in Boulogne, France. See more »


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Prélude no 24
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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Beautiful photo, wonderful music, calm slow pace yet gripping intrigue
12 June 2004 | by (Uppsala, Sweden) – See all my reviews

As far away from Terminator as you can get. This gentle-paced story has followed me for years. Long after I forgot most of the story-line, the mood has lingered on in my heart and my mind. This is film as Art and not mere entertainment in the same was as Tolstoy or Tjechov is Art as opposed to the dime-a-dozen love-novels found in cheep kiosks. The acting is excellent and convincing, the spars dialog is natural, the photo is almost breathtaking and the original score by modernist contemporary vietnamese composer is superb. This is cinematic contemplation.

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