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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 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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tran Nu Yên-Khê ... Mui Age 20 (as Trân Nu Yên-Khê)
Man San Lu ... Mui Age 10 #orphan # a little girl
Thi Loc Truong ... La mère (as Truong Thi Lôc)
Anh Hoa Nguyen ... La vieille Ti (as Nguyên 'Anh Hoa)
Hoa Hoi Vuong ... Khuyen (as Vuong Hòa Hôi)
Ngoc Trung Tran ... Le père
Vantha Talisman ... Thu
Keo Souvannavong ... Trung
Van Oanh Nguyen ... Mr. Thuan
Gerard Neth ... Tin
Nhat Do ... Lam
Thi Hai Vo ... La grand-mère
Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen ... Mai
Lam Huy Bui ... Le médecin
Xuan Thu Nguyen ... L'antiquaire
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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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28 January 1994 (USA)  »

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$1,910,763
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The director Tran Anh Hung is married to Tran Nu Yên-Khê, the actress who plays Mui Age 20. See more »

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Clair de lune, Suite Bergamasque
Music by Claude Debussy
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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Great cinematography
7 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Very few films have cinematography so creative and intriguing. I could watch this film over and over again just to see the wonderful shots in it.

I'm not too impressed with the story, but it is strong enough to support the film, and make it worth watching.


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