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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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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 & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A society of grace and harmony See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

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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Also Known As:
"Mùi du du xanh" - France (original title)
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104 min
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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:
Clair de lune, Suite BergamasqueSee more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A society of grace and harmony, 21 February 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

In Tran Anh Hung's debut film The Scent of Green Papaya, Mui (Lu Man San) is a ten-year old girl who comes from a small village to the home of a wealthy Saigon merchant to work as a servant in 1951. The first Vietnamese film ever nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film, Scent of Green Papaya captures the natural beauty of pre-war Vietnam, even though it was filmed on a set constructed in a Paris studio. Mui personifies the innocence of a Vietnamese society where grace and harmony has not yet given way to bombs and destruction. Mui accepts her place with patience, serving the meals, preparing the vegetables, scrubbing the floors, and polishing the shoes.

True to the Buddhist ideal of being in the present moment, Mui studiously carries out her tasks, refusing to be affected by the torments of the younger son Tin (Gerard Neth), upset over his father's desertion of the family. She observes her natural surroundings in great detail: ants carrying a small piece of bread, a frog sitting on a leaf, a cricket jumping at night, and the seeds of a green papaya. The mother (Thi Loc Truong) is distraught over the recent death of her young daughter To and looks upon Mui as her replacement, perhaps even her reincarnation. In one scene, the mother stands over Mui while she sleeps and weeps silently for the loss of her daughter and perhaps for a Vietnam that she knows will soon disappear.

Her husband (Ngoc Trun Tran) is a drinker and womanizer who has run off with the family's money. The mother is stoic and we only hear about her problems through the elderly grandmother (Thi Hai Vo) who mourns her dead husband alone in her upstairs room. The second part of the film shifts ten years into the future. Mui (Tran Nu Yen-Khe) has become a young woman. Because of the family's financial condition she has moved to the house of Khuyen, a professional musician and composer (Vuong Hoa Hoi). Her leaving triggers in the mother a profound sense of loss for her "daughter" and a sense that the old way of life in her country is coming to a permanent end.

In her new house, Mui must contend with the musician's Westernized fiancé who personifies the artificiality of modern society. Annoyed with the insensitivity of his fiancé, Khuyen sees Mui with fresh eyes and begins to realize how much she embodies the traditional values he has left behind. Though the film may try the patience of Western audiences, The Scent of Green Papaya, in its simplicity and awareness of the natural world, reminds us of the power of cinema to reach artistic heights.

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