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The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) More at IMDbPro »Mùi du du xanh (original title)

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The Scent of Green Papaya -- Mui goes to live with a pianist who has a fiance. The pianist and Mui have a relationship, and he teaches her to read.

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Director:
Writer:
Tran Anh Hung (written by)
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Release Date:
28 January 1994 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Buddhist Love Story See more (40 total) »

Cast

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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
Xuan Loi Phan ... Musiciens
Xuan Dung Phan ... Musiciens
Van Chung Le ... Musiciens
Tho Phuong ... Le coiffeur
Long Chau ... Clientes
Thi Van Khanh Truong ... Clientes
Hông Hanh Luguern ... Clientes
Ba Hang Phan ... Le livreur d'eau
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Directed by
Tran Anh Hung 
 
Writing credits
Tran Anh Hung (written by)

Produced by
Adeline Lecallier .... associate producer
Alain Rocca .... associate producer
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tiêt Tôn-Thât  (as Tôn-Thât Tiêt)
 
Cinematography by
Benoît Delhomme 
 
Film Editing by
Nicole Dedieu 
Jean-Pierre Roques 
 
Casting by
Nicolas Cambois 
 
Production Design by
Alain Nègre 
 
Costume Design by
Jean-Philippe Abril 
 
Makeup Department
Laurent Blanchard .... hair stylist
Amélie Vinson-Rouffio .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eric Dangremont .... production manager
Pierre Dieulafait .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sophie Blondy .... trainee assistant director
Caroline Broussaud .... second assistant director
Nicolas Cambois .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacques Bataille .... assistant art director
Thierry Doerflinger .... plasterer
Yvan Hart .... plasterer
Christian Portal .... property master
Claude Suné .... set designer
Tran Nu Yên-Khê .... art department trainee
 
Sound Department
Joël Faure .... sound engineer: post-production
Joël Faure .... sound mixer
Jean-Paul Gevaert .... boom operator
Daniel Graisset .... boom operator
Michel Guiffan .... sound
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
François Waledisch .... sound engineer: Ambiences Vietnam
 
Special Effects by
Michel Naudin .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Benoît Delhomme .... lighting technician
Christophe Galvan .... electrician
Philippe Roussilhe .... first assistant camera
Xavier Tauveron .... second assistant camera
Laurence Trémolet .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Isabelle Ternat .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danielle Laffargue .... costumer
 
Music Department
Vincent Bauer .... musician: percussions
Frédérique Cambreling .... musician: harp
Jeanne-Marie Conquer .... musician: violin
Christophe Desjardins .... musician: alto
Jacques Ghestem .... musician: first violin
Geneviève Ibanez .... musician: piano, "Chopin's Préludes no 23" and "Clair de lune"
Christophe Maudot .... musician: synthesizer
Emmanuelle Ophéle .... musician: flute
Jean-Guihen Queyras .... musician: cello
An Tonthat .... musician: jazz inprovisations (as An Ton That)
 
Other crew
Cléo Daran .... sfpc coordinator
Guy Fabre .... location manager
Patricia Petit .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Benoît Barouh .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mùi du du xanh" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pirated Copy (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prélude no 24See more »

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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Buddhist Love Story, 19 August 2004
Author: Reed Waller from Minnesota

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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Even Vietnamese couldn't understand what it was about. hellblade_05
question about the characters when it's 10 yrs later bipbeepboop
the green papaya scene when she cut it open mrsdobolina
Beautiful without being sentimental bobbymcdoodle
The poem jh3676
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