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The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Mùi du du xanh (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 28 January 1994 (USA)
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A Vietnamese servant girl, Mui, observes lives within two different Saigon families: the first, a woman textile seller with three boys and a frequently absent husband; the second, a handsome young pianist with his fiancée.

Director:

Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)

Writer:

Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nu Yên-Khê Tran Nu Yên-Khê Tran ... Mui Age 20 (as Trân Nu Yên-Khê)
Man San Lu Man San Lu ... Mui Age 10 #orphan # a little girl
Thi Loc Truong Thi Loc Truong ... La mère (as Truong Thi Lôc)
Anh Hoa Nguyen Anh Hoa Nguyen ... La vieille Ti (as Nguyên 'Anh Hoa)
Hoa Hoi Vuong Hoa Hoi Vuong ... Khuyen (as Vuong Hòa Hôi)
Ngoc Trung Tran Ngoc Trung Tran ... Le père
Vantha Talisman Vantha Talisman ... Thu
Keo Souvannavong Keo Souvannavong ... Trung
Van Oanh Nguyen Van Oanh Nguyen ... Mr. Thuan
Gerard Neth Gerard Neth ... Tin
Nhat Do Nhat Do ... Lam
Thi Hai Vo Thi Hai Vo ... La grand-mère
Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen ... Mai
Lam Huy Bui Lam Huy Bui ... Le médecin
Xuan Thu Nguyen Xuan Thu Nguyen ... L'antiquaire
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Storyline

A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another family, a young pianist and his fiancee. The musician fell in love with the peasant, he taught her literacy and they eventually married. A movie about a girl's life. Written by Zheng Wang <zhwang@das.harvard.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Vietnam

Language:

Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scent of Green Papaya See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,700,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,700,992
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The director Anh Hung Tran is married to Nu Yên-Khê Tran, the actress who plays Mui Age 20. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I peina (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Prélude no 24
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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Subtle light of silence
11 January 2007 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

The tip of film who seduced without a sure cause.

A sweet powerful flavor of memories, time's ash, images of other secret age, spell of a subtle shadow.

Poem of silence, slice of amazing dream, form of cult for ambiguous god.

Wall of a delicate world of small gesture and impressive light.

Signs like stairs, warm remember and love like reality's skin.

Trip of soul on personal space before the Fall.

Is it a masterpiece? No! Is it a beautiful movie? No! It is only prefiguration of self desire, escape in Golden Age.


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