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Bi, Don't Be Afraid (2010)

Bi, dung so! (original title)
In an old house in Hanoi, Bi, a 6-year-old child lives with his parents, his aunt and their cook. His favorite playgrounds are an ice factory and the wild grass along the river. After being... See full summary »

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Thanh Minh Phan ...
Bi
Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen ...
The mother
Ha Phong Nguyen ...
The father
Thuy Hoa ...
The aunt
Tran Tien ...
The grandfather
Mai Chau ...
The nanny
Phuong Thao Hoang ...
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Huynh Anh Lê ...
The student
Kim Long Thach ...
The Aunt's Fiance
Hoang Ha Pham ...
An, Bi's friend
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In an old house in Hanoi, Bi, a 6-year-old child lives with his parents, his aunt and their cook. His favorite playgrounds are an ice factory and the wild grass along the river. After being absent for years, his grandfather, seriously ill, reappears and settles at their house. While Bi gets closer to his grandfather, his father tries to avoid any contact with his family. Every night, he gets drunk and goes and see his masseuse, for whom he feels a quiet strong desire. Bi's mother turns a blind eye on it. The aunt, still single, meets a 16-year-old young boy in the bus. Her attraction to him moves her deeply. Written by anonymous

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Interesting if a bit undeveloped
21 July 2014 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

In an old house in Hanoi, several generations of a Vietnamese family live. There is the grandfather who has returned from abroad, the unmarried sister yearning to find a husband and lusting after one of her high school students, the young boy who likes to wander through nearby fields. The idea that behind the order of a family structure lie a lot of frustrations (sexual and otherwise) and unbridled passions is common to many movies (from the West or from Asia). Some of it reminds me of the early films of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming Liang (though the movie is nowhere as scabrous). The movie has some sexual scenes, which are reportedly unusual in Vietnamese films. It includes some nifty shots of busy, hustling Hanoi. In the end, the movie is interesting but a bit undeveloped. Though the movie is unquestionably artistically ambitious, it not always delivers.


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