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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

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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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 »

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Prélude no 23
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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Buddhist Love Story
19 August 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This stunningly beautiful film has a strong Buddhist theme, so it's unsurprising that many American viewers were perplexed by it even while captivated by its

beauty. It is the story of Mui, a poor servant girl ... except she is no ordinary servant girl, she is an Enlightened One. She lives totally in the here and now, and sees and appreciates everything (and so do we, thanks to the breathtaking color cinematography). She quietly goes through her ordinary life, giving every tiny moment all her attention and invisibly enriching the lives of all those around her, until near the end of the picture she is given off to a family friend whom, coincidentally, she has fancied since she was little. He is engaged to another woman, but one day he picks up a bust of Buddha, and stares at it with recognition, realizing suddenly that the face and the smile of the Buddha are something he has been seeing every day, on Mui. He sees her for what she is, and both their lives are transformed.

Even more astounding than the richness and beauty of this film, is the feat of finding two wonderful actresses 10 years apart, to play the same very unusual girl, both identically beautiful and graceful and having the Buddha smile.

Intoxicating and unforgettable.


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