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The Buffalo Boy (2004)
"Mùa len trâu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  23 March 2005 (France)
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Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have ... See full summary »

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The Lu Le ...
Kim
Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen ...
Ban
Huu Thanh Nguyen ...
Dinh, Kim's Father
Zan Sram Kra ...
Det
Van Be Truong ...
Hai Tich
Anh Hoa Nguyen ...
Ba Hai
Thi Tham Nguyen ...
Ba Tu
Hoang Nhan Vo ...
Lap
Quang Thinh Truong ...
Quang
Van Day Nguyen ...
Xuyen
Kim Long Thach ...
Thanh
Thi Thu Tam Cao ...
Lam
Huu Phuoc Nguyen ...
Thieu
Chau Nguyen ...
Cha Ban
Trung Truc Thach ...
Kim, Age 5
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Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. During the rainy season, there's no grass and the buffalo are starving. Kim volunteers to take the beasts inland to find food. On this coming-of-age journey, Kim sees men mistreat women, men fight with men, and French taxes rob the poor. He works for Lap, a buffalo herder whose past is entangled with Kim's parents, and he makes friends who will lead him to his place in the world. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A stunningly beautiful film!
16 January 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

When I saw this film at the Palm Springs Film Festival I was prepared for a nice slice-of-life movie about a time and place I would never visit in any other way. This stunningly beautiful film delivers that and so much more. Set in Vietnam during the occupation by the French in the 1930's Bufalo Boy tells the story of a teenage boy who becomes a man when he leads his family's only hope for survival, two water buffalo, out of their flooded homeland to forage on higher ground. With this debut, the director combines riveting action/adventure, poignant relationships, powerful performances and excellent photography. He immerses us in a way of life that requires more courage in order to survive one day than most of us will have to summon in a life-time. Like a character with a starring role, the water is always there, always changing, always influencing the lives of those who depend on it to nurture them and fight with it to keep it from destroying them. Out soon in DVD but well worth the effort to see it on a large screen if you can.


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