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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
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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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Stunning, sensual and unique
30 December 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A visually-stunning look at the lives of three modern-day Vietnamese sisters and their families, living in Hanoi. The intersection of modernism (in particular, Western) influences alongside tradition is a theme. This does not appear to be a rigid Stalinist society but an austere but comfortable developing one. A sound track which mixes Lou Reed and traditional Vietnamese music accentuates the way tradition and modernity meld in this setting.

And it is the setting which takes your breath away. Even the interiors are visually rich with colors and textures. The film's use of rain, heat, and flowing water all add to the sensuality of the country and the characters.


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