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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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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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104 min
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cold Showers (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Clair de lune, Suite BergamasqueSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Cultural Aspects, 31 January 2008
Author: gentendo from United States

The community in this film, for the most part, is civil and respectful. It is a calm and quiet environment where the servants are treated with just as much esteem as are the landowners and their children. It is not a place of dread (as might be expected concerning the lives of servants), but is a place of learning and growth. Despite the occasional feuds between Mui and the master's younger son, the director establishes a tranquil atmosphere through the use of jungle ambiance, soothing riffs from citars and flutes, mis-en-scene, and transcendence from the ordinary things of life.

The predominant community established and focused on is of servant-hood. The tutorials between the young apprentice, Mui, and her elderly instructor, To, give the viewer insights to their daily chores and lifestyle. The life of a servant consists of cooking, preparation, cleaning, passion, and appreciation for the ordinary. In particular, a great emphasis is honed in on the importance of cleanliness and preparation. Multiple scenes reveal the delicate care the servants take in preparing the food they create for their masters. Cleanliness always precedes these acts of creation. Beautiful close-ups and slow motioned effects show Mui washing her hands and face in a rather spiritually ritualistic way. The director establishes their works more like an art than like a service. However, the life of a servant, by definition, is still one of entrapment.

The camera itself acts like a trapped servant for the majority of the film. It always seems to be peering upon the characters through obstructed walls, screens, doors, and windows, yet never reveals them entirely. It's as if the camera is trying to break free from the clutter that fills the screen by constantly moving proportionately to the way the characters move. The screen is always filled in various layers—the foreground will usually be filled with a variety of set décor; the middle ground is the characters space; and the background is for extras and the mood of the atmosphere. The community presented is also one that has a deep appreciation for the ordinary things in life.

Immaculate close-ups of bugs, frogs, lizards and plants all help illustrate the love the people, and more particularly, the director, have for the beauties in nature. An interesting use of mis-en-scene is paralleled between Mui and the insects she feeds inside the cage. Mui, an entrapped servant inside her own cage called "home", feeds a cluster of crickets entrapped inside their cage in order to sustain their lives. It is a reflection of her own nourishing she receives from the masters inside the cage she lives in. It is her way of giving back to nature what nature has given to her. A tender scene is shown between the friendship of Mui and her crickets when she is told she will be leaving to serve in another home. As she opens the door to the cage to let the crickets go free, they cling to its surface—unwilling to move. That the crickets are scared to break free and venture outside beyond the confines of their cage is a reflection of Mui's life to venture beyond the home (cage) she was essentially raised in. The community, then, is shown as being one that represents the effects of being institutionalized over a given period of time. The characters in the story, whether human or insect, are ones that adapt to their environment quickly and make the best of their given situation. Uncomfortable feelings are the natural result of those who are told to divorce themselves from the norm. In short, the community presented is the metaphysical expression of the human development from being to change to becoming.

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