MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,044 this week

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

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  28 January 1994 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 4,933 users  
Reviews: 40 user | 32 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 21 Mar 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 22 Oct 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 29 Oct 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Scent of Green Papaya.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a remote 19th Danish century village two sister lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Axel
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel
Yi Yi (2000)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries. NJ is morose: his brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden.It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak
Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm
The Red Shoes (1948)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Brooklyn youth feels his only chance to get somewhere is as the king of the disco floor.

Director: John Badham
Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.

Director: Claude Sautet
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, André Dussollier
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play schmaltzy music and have never needed a day job. Times are changing and dates are becoming more difficult to ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kloves
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges
Once (2006)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

Director: John Carney
Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh
9 Songs (2004)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and a British glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley, Huw Bunford
Flashdance (1983)
Drama | Romance | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

girl | death | servant | love | pianist | See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Scent of Green Papaya  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,910,763 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Clair de lune, Suite Bergamasque
Music by Claude Debussy (as Debussy)
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Film For the Thinking Viewer
15 July 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

If your taste runs to action blockbusters, this film is not for you. The Scent of Green Papaya is the sort of film that repays patient observation, and lends itself to repeated viewings. I'm not an "intellectual"--I will admit I had to take a couple of runs at this film before I understood what I was seeing. The first time, I turned it off 20 min. into it, saying, "Nothing's happening here!" That's true, if you're used to Western films that are driven by action and dialog. Like many Asian films, TSOGP is instead driven by inter-action between characters and observation. The camera functions as an "eye" to show us life from the character's point of view. After seeing the entire film, I became aware that it had become a part of my mental furnishings; I realised I was spending quite a lot of time thinking about it in the following days. I'm told by those who live with me that the highest compliment I can give a film are the words, "I need to see it again." And I do--I need to buy a copy and see it several more times.

Ten year old Miu is sent from her home village to Saigon to work as a servant in a cloth merchant's household. She is fascinated by their beautiful home and its furnishings, the papaya tree in the courtyard, and how very different their lifestyle is to what she has known. The youngest son of the family sees her arrival as a golden opportunity--at last someone is lower on the family totem-pole than himself, and he tries to bully Miu in various ways. However, his attempts fall flat as he never gets much of a reaction; in her innocence, Miu accepts events as they come, never trying to assign blame or "tell" on him. If a jar gets broken, she accepts it is her fault; if a pail of dirty water gets upended or "someone" pees all over a clean floor, she cleans it up without a word. Her employer's wife soon sees her as a surrogate daughter, someone to fill the void of her own daughter's death and her own loveless marriage to a spendthrift husband who abandons the family for weeks at a time and comes home empty handed.

Ten years later, Miu is sent to work for a family friend, a young man she has long admired. His relationship with a spoiled girl of his own class flickers out as he becomes more aware of Miu's quiet presence in his life. All of the "action" of the film is crammed into the last 30 min, as we see the results of his growing awareness and its transforming effect.

The film is stunning to look at, as usual in much of Asian cinema. If I had one complaint, it was the soundtrack; not the traditional Vietnamese music played by father and son at the beginning of the story, but the tortuous "contemporary" Western music in the second half, including a dreadful rendition of Debussy's Claire de Lune--as if an alley cat were trying to play the violin on its own cat-guts. The caterwauling added nothing to the film, and only served as an irritating distraction. This is what caused me to lower my rating of this otherwise fine film.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Even Vietnamese couldn't understand what it was about. hellblade_05
I did not like this movie hipchica123
the soundtrack ruined the movie h_heftig
Wanting to see a similiar film ('dialogue light')? UserAwaitingEdit
I feel lucky that I've seen this wonderful film!!! Kazuyo
The woman in the closing scene MattPage
Discuss The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?