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Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989)

Trinh T. Minh-ha combines archival footage, text, and interviews to paint portraits of Vietnamese women past and present. She explores the fiction of documentary and the truth of subjective experience and all their inherent contradictions.

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Trinh T. Minh-ha combines archival footage, text, and interviews to paint portraits of Vietnamese women past and present. She explores the fiction of documentary and the truth of subjective experience and all their inherent contradictions.

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the worst movie i have ever seen and I've seen some horrible movies
30 January 2007 | by gojikranzSee all my reviews

I'm not sure really where to begin on this film. we just watched it in a womens studies class and I think I'm bald now cause I pulled out all my hair while watching it. the film would seem to be about women's life in Vietnam but it can't seem to understand that when people watch a movie they need to understand what is being said to comprehend it. actually it seems to know this very well teasing the viewer with subtitles that come on after the Vietnamese women has been speaking in unintelligible English but then taking the subtitle away before you can finish reading it so you are lost as to where the hard to understand English is and you can't remember what you read cause you were straining to read it so fast. then a strange poem will have lyrics written underneath the screen further distracting you from the broken English that you are trying to hear. then another Vietnamese women will start saying something at the same time so you have three things to try and listen/read to but you can't understand any of it so you are left to cry at the bitterness of human existence. maybe that was the filmmakers intention if so why does she hate people so much? that would make a much more interesting film. after a long series of these interviews we are treated to more jovial Vietnamese women talking about more Vietnamese women, they are more easy to understand but as a viewer we are already so lost we have no idea why we should care that this girl wants to be considered as a fruit. All I got out of the film was that Vietnamese treat their women bad, and I really didn't need a film to tell me that. I kinda knew it already. My one analysis as for the deeper meaning of this movie is that maybe by showing us that Vietnamese women can't be understood when they speak in English she is trying to say that Vietnamese filmmakers cannot be understood when they make English films. but it seems the only solution to this problem is that she does not make anymore films and this would be a wonderful solution to the problem. I never thought I could hate film as much as this one so thank you for showing me the depths of this putrid world and letting me breath deep its horrid scent. enjoy everyone.


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