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The Scent of Green Papaya -- An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Tran Anh Hung's "luxuriant, visually seductive debut" (New York Times) recreates antebellum Vietnam through both the wide eyes of childhood and the deep blush of first love. In 1951 Saigon, 10 year old Mui (Lu Man San) enters household service for an affluent but troubled Vietnamese family. Despite her servile role, Mui discovers beauty and epiphany in the lush physical details that envelope her, while earning the fragile affection of the household's grieving matriarch. As she comes of age, the now grown Mui (Tran Nu Yen-Khe) finds her relationship with a handsome pianist she has admired since childhood growing in depth and complexity.
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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28 January 1994 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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 ... 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

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
Benoît Barouh .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mùi du du xanh" - France (original title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) (TV)See more »
Prélude no 24See more »


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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful photo, wonderful music, calm slow pace yet gripping intrigue, 12 June 2004
Author: yumeibito from Uppsala, Sweden

As far away from Terminator as you can get. This gentle-paced story has followed me for years. Long after I forgot most of the story-line, the mood has lingered on in my heart and my mind. This is film as Art and not mere entertainment in the same was as Tolstoy or Tjechov is Art as opposed to the dime-a-dozen love-novels found in cheep kiosks. The acting is excellent and convincing, the spars dialog is natural, the photo is almost breathtaking and the original score by modernist contemporary vietnamese composer is superb. This is cinematic contemplation.

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