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The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
"Mua he chieu thang dung" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  24 May 2000 (France)
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With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centres around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Tran Nu Yên-Khê ...
Lien
Nhu Quynh Nguyen ...
Suong
Le Khanh ...
Khanh
Quang Hai Ngo ...
Hai
Chu Hung ...
Quoc
Manh Cuong Tran ...
Kien
Tuân Anh Lê ...
Tuan
Ngoc Dung Le ...
Huong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doan Viet Ha
Long Le Vu
Aidan Nguyen
Anh Tuan
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With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centres around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so it appears). The youngest sister is single and living with her cute older brother, whom she is desperately in love with. A second sister is married to a man who has another woman and child elsewhere whom he loves just as much as his wife -with a few conditions, she agrees to carry on with the marriage. The third sister and her husband are overjoyed to discover she is pregnant, and though he is tempted, her husband remains loyal to her. Charming, slow-paced, face value, family saga film. Written by K Wedgwood

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One day. Many lives. A family. Lovers. An eternity. A hope. A delay. A secret. Happiness. Lies. One summer.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sex-related material | See all certifications »
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$29,339 (USA) (6 July 2001)

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$455,187 (USA) (21 December 2001)
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Rung Xua Da Khep
Written by Cong Son Trinh
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Beautiful and Slow
17 October 2001 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

As the opening credits rolled at the cultural center in Hawaii where I saw this film I noticed it was produced by canal+. "Ah, a french production. I may as well make myself comfortable because not much of anything will happen for the next two hours" I thought to myself. I was only partially right. "Vertical Ray of the Sun" is one of the most languid movies I have seen in a long time, taking it's time to slowly introduce us to the characters and give us a glimpse of their world. There is beauty, drama, sorrow, joy but as with most french productions none of it has any semblance of a plot line. There is no build up, no exposition, and no conclusion. At one point the movie ends and the credits roll. What there is, is a great deal of magnificent cinematography. If you have the chance to view this film take some time to appreciate the way light plays in the background, the contrast of color between foreground and background, the composition of each shot. Then again don't worry about taking your time.. the movie will give you plenty of time to stop and admire.


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