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The White Silk Dress (2006)
"Ao lua ha dong" (original title)

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Wartime epic involving a poverty-stricken family who struggle to make ends meet, and the mother who does the unthinkable to provide her daughters with the traditional silk dresses required to attend school.

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The love story of Dan (a beautiful young woman) and Gu (a humpback), servants from two separate households in Ha Dong, Vietnam who have suffered most of their lives at the hands of their cruel masters. The couple flee south soon after Gu presents Dan with a wedding gift - the precious white silk dress his mother had owned (his one valuable possession), while he promises her a proper marriage someday in the future. The couple arrive in the seaside town of Hoi An and build a new life, with Dan ultimately giving birth to 4 daughters. Despite struggling through immense poverty and hardships, the family is happy and fulfilled as long as they have each other, but the horrors of the encroaching war brings tragedy and threatens to tear them apart. Written by Anonymous

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an ode to Vietnamese women
3 November 2012 | by (Cambridge, UK) – See all my reviews

One of the most uplifting movies ever made by any director. This is not just another war story from Vietnam, not a depiction of an impoverished family, not a tale of a mysterious white silk dress (a traditional 'ao dai', the only valuable property they own), not a coming of age story of the peasant's daughters, nor an insight into Vietnamese culture. No, this movie is all of those things in one plus a wonderful ode to all Vietnamese women: to their resilience, determination, sagacity, and beauty. The story is brilliantly told, shot, scored, and does have a few surprising turns to keep you in your seat for its two hours and twenty minutes length.


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