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The Scent of Green Papaya ()

Mùi du du xanh (original title)
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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.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations.
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Nu Yên-Khê Tran ...
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
Xuan Loi Phan ...
Musiciens
Xuan Dung Phan ...
Musiciens
Van Chung Le ...
Musiciens
Tho Phuong ...
Le coiffeur
Long Chau ...
Clientes
Thi Van Khanh Truong ...
Clientes
Hông Hanh Luguern ...
Clientes
Ba Hang Phan ...
Le livreur d'eau

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Anh Hung Tran ... (as Tran Anh Hung)

Written by

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Anh Hung Tran ... (written by) (as Tran Anh Hung)

Produced by

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Adeline Lecallier ... associate producer
Sylvie Randonneix ... associate producer
Alain Rocca ... associate producer
Christophe Rossignon ... delegate producer

Music by

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Tiêt Tôn-Thât ... (as Tôn-Thât Tiêt)

Cinematography by

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Benoît Delhomme

Film Editing by

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Nicole Dedieu
Jean-Pierre Roques

Editorial Department

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Philippe Capelle ... color timer
Christophe Nowak ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Nicolas Cambois

Production Design by

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Alain Nègre

Costume Design by

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Jean-Philippe Abril

Makeup Department

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Laurent Blanchard ... hair stylist
Laurent Claudeit ... key hair stylist
Amélie Ruffo ... key makeup artist
Amélie Vinson-Rouffio ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Cécile Belle ... trainee unit manager
Eric Dangremont ... production manager
Pierre Dieulafait ... unit manager
Fabienne Féret ... trainee unit manager (as Fabienne Camara)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sophie Blondy ... trainee assistant director
Caroline Broussaud ... second assistant director
Nicolas Cambois ... first assistant director
Sébastien Gardet ... trainee assistant director
Joe Le Thang Hung ... assistant director
Jean-Luc Tran ... assistant director

Art Department

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Jacques Bataille ... assistant art director
Karina Billarant ... trainee decorator
Claude Cauchos ... upholstery
Thierry Doerflinger ... plasterer
Guy Fedou ... upholstery
Henri Frèrebeau ... construction manager
Yvan Hart ... plasterer
Christian Portal ... property master
Bernard Sans ... props
Claude Suné ... set designer
Nu Yên-Khê Tran ... art department trainee (as Tran Nu Yên-Khê)

Sound Department

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Joël Faure ... sound engineer: post-production / sound mixer
Jean-Paul Gevaert ... boom operator
Daniel Graisset ... boom operator
Michel Guiffan ... sound
François Lepeuple ... foley assistant
Guy Letort ... post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy ... foley artist
Patrick Pinzelli ... sound engineer
Jérôme Tailhades ... sound engineer
François Waledisch ... sound engineer: Ambiences Vietnam

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Michel Naudin ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean Adin ... electrician
Alain Benzadon ... electrician
Gérard Bérardier ... key grip
Sabino Casafino ... electrician
Philippe Charcosset ... electrician
Benoît Delhomme ... camera operator
Alain Desrondaux ... grip
Christophe Galvan ... electrician
Philippe Roussilhe ... first assistant camera
Gérard Salmon ... gaffer
Xavier Tauveron ... second assistant camera
Laurence Trémolet ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Isabelle Ternat ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Danielle Laffargue ... key costumer
Marie-Claude Negre ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Guy Fabre ... location manager

Music Department

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Vincent Bauer ... musician: percussions
Frédérique Cambreling ... musician: harp
Jeanne-Marie Conquer ... musician: violin
Christophe Desjardins ... musician: alto
Jacques Ghestem ... musician: first violin
Geneviève Ibanez ... musician: piano, "Chopin's Préludes no 23" and "Clair de lune"
Christophe Maudot ... musician: synthesizer
Emmanuelle Ophéle ... musician: flute
Jean-Guihen Queyras ... musician: cello
An Ton That ... musician: jazz inprovisations

Script and Continuity Department

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Patricia Petit ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Cléo Daran ... sfpc coordinator
Eva Simonet ... press attache

Thanks

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Benoît Barouh ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Zheng Wang

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Also Known As
  • Mùi Đu Đủ Xanh (Vietnam)
  • L'odeur de la papaye verte (France)
  • The Scent of Green Papaya (World-wide, English title)
  • The Scent of Green Papaya (United States)
  • The Scent of Green Papaya (India, English title)
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  • 104 min
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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 »
Goofs There's no ring on Mui's finger towards the end of the movie even though they are married. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Blue Chips/Midnight Cowboy/Reality Bites/The Critic/The Scent of Green Papaya (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Prélude no 23 See more »

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