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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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25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautiful yet poignant narrative of mans paradoxical existence in relation to each other and the honest forces of nature, i.e., the duality of man as virtuous parasites. The themes of life and death are juxtaposed into a realization of powers greater then our own opinions or ethos. Director Nguyen Vo Nghiem Minh successfully enlightens of the psyche of fatalistic and enduring Vietnamese people. "Mua Len Trau" needs to be placed in the top 10 best Vietnamese directed full features of all times, or at least trading-places with less then average film fest winners like "Ba Mua"; where the cinematography fools the viewer into accepting an inexplicable story.


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