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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

$1,910,763
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Vietnamese film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It lost to Belle Epoque (1992) from Spain. It was also the first film to be submitted by Vietnam for the award and as of 2017, it is still the only Vietnamese movie ever to be nominated. See more »

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Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Clair de lune, Suite Bergamasque
Music by Claude Debussy
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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What are we supposed to care about?
15 February 2000 | by iam-1See all my reviews

Once hailed as being an amazing piece of art cinema, this film left us dissapointed. The story is told sparingly, which is fine, but hasn't enough of an arc for the characters to become ones we care about. The trials of the family that employs our young heroine do not fill us with dread, or trepidation. the action is almost non-existent. The camera work reveals what is obviously an artificial set - one that is well-made, but artificial none the less. The Direction is very light handed, and we are not allowed enough detail to select what is important. We only see one story/ set of details/ whatever you want to call it, and it is not explained in any way what is important or what the story is about. While I am not wanting to have a tale handed to me on a platter, I would like something to care about. This film is not it.


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