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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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Cast

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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Inner-outer beauty and much more.
9 July 2001 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

This film (as The Scent of Green Papaya) is to me pure visual poetry. As with a poem it offers its impact slowly and through its suggestive images that come at you subtlely and with enormous grace. It's not a story of "and then and then"...it unfolds like a beautiful fan, by degrees...giving the viewer a chance to internalize each moment. And I was particularly impressed by the repetition of certain actions...the turning of two people, with a significant look; the clipping of nails...such small details reflect a sensibility that brings the seemingly unimportant moments in life, the often repeated ones into a whole new light, into consciousness and value. This, for me, is a glorious and appropriate use of film, which is, after all, a visual medium. The director, the actors, the cinematographer are to be commended on this masterpiece!


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