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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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Release Date:
28 January 1994 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Calm, cool fresh breeze!! See more (44 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 #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
Sylvie Randonneix .... associate producer
Alain Rocca .... associate producer
Christophe Rossignon .... delegate 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
Laurent Claudeit .... key hair stylist
Amélie Ruffo .... key makeup artist
Amélie Vinson-Rouffio .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Cécile Belle .... trainee unit manager
Fabienne Camara .... trainee unit manager
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
Sébastien Gardet .... trainee assistant director
Joe Le Thang Hung .... assistant director
Jean-Luc Tran .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacques Bataille .... assistant art director
Karina Billarant .... trainee decorator
Claude Cauchos .... upholstery
Thierry Doerflinger .... plasterer
Guy Fedou .... upholstery
Henri Frèrebeau .... construction manager
Yvan Hart .... plasterer
Christian Portal .... property master
Bernard Sans .... props
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
François Lepeuple .... foley assistant
Guy Letort .... post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Patrick Pinzelli .... sound engineer
Jérôme Tailhades .... sound engineer
François Waledisch .... sound engineer: Ambiences Vietnam
 
Special Effects by
Michel Naudin .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Adin .... electrician
Alain Benzadon .... electrician
Gérard Bérardier .... key grip
Sabino Casafino .... electrician
Philippe Charcosset .... electrician
Benoît Delhomme .... camera operator
Alain Desrondaux .... grip
Christophe Galvan .... electrician
Philippe Roussilhe .... first assistant camera
Gérard Salmon .... gaffer
Xavier Tauveron .... second assistant camera
Laurence Trémolet .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Isabelle Ternat .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danielle Laffargue .... key costumer
Marie-Claude Negre .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Philippe Capelle .... color timer
Christophe Nowak .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Guy Fabre .... location manager
 
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
Patricia Petit .... script supervisor
Eva Simonet .... press attache
 
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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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 Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prélude no 23See more »

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Calm, cool fresh breeze!!, 14 February 2007
Author: Badar Munir from Lahore, Pakistan

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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