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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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 Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) See more »


Prélude no 23
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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Calm, cool fresh breeze!!
14 February 2007 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

To say movie is beautiful will be understatement. Movie moves with extreme calmness yet refreshingly different and visually appealing. What impresses most about the movie is, it tells the story of a family girl and how she identifies her in the surroundings, with the family he is living and more importantly with his emotions. Slow pace of the movie helps the calm effect and suddenly takes the viewer by surprise the way story unfolds. The way little girl learns the art of cooking, they way she learns about the secrets of the family is impressive. More importantly hidden desires of the girl shown in the movie is the master stroke of director. Music needs special praise so as acting.

Stunningly beautiful!! 8/10

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