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

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  28 January 1994 (USA)
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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
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
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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 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 <zhwang@das.harvard.edu>

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This was the first Vietnamese film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It lost to Belle Epoque from Spain. See more »

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Featured in Cold Showers (2005) See more »

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Prélude no 24
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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Incredibly beautiful
18 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

What an incredibly beautiful film this is... Everything about it just oozes beauty. The colours, the crisp sounds, the slowness of it all... the seemingly meaningless scenes that do have a meaning after all. All of it works together to convey a wonderful atmosphere of life in a tropical suburb in Vietnam. The fact that there is hardly a storyline only adds to it. A magnificent film!


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