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When the Tenth Month Comes (1984)

Bao gio cho den tháng Muoi (original title)
| Drama | 1984 (Vietnam)
Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.

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Dang Nhat Minh

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Dang Nhat Minh
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lê Vân Lê Vân ... Duyên (as Van Le)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luu Viet Bao Dang Luu Viet Bao Dang
Phu Cuong Lai Phu Cuong Lai
Huu Muoi Nguyen Huu Muoi Nguyen
Minh Vuong Nguyen Minh Vuong Nguyen ... Thom
Antone Pagán ... American Soldier
Le Phong Trinh Le Phong Trinh ... Tuan
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Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.

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Vietnamese

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1984 (Vietnam) See more »

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When the Tenth Month Comes See more »

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Strength of the movie is in its reflecttion of Viet society
21 January 1999 | by Shannon-16See all my reviews

"When the Tenth Month Comes" will probably appeal to a very small segment of the movie-watching public. Even foreign film buffs may find this movie simplistic and uninteresting. The strength of the movie lies in it's characterization of traditional pre-Communist values in Vietnam. The protagonist Zuyen who hides her husband's death from the rest of his family, provokes the question: who rightfully owns the memory of the fallen soldier. The film's answer is that it is the family, but not the state that has the right to the memory of the fallen soldier. Zuyen is wrong for hiding her husband's death from her father-in-law, but the rest of the society has no right to his memory, because they did not love him as she and his family did. The film is markedly pro-Confucian and anti-Communist. The English-subtitles for the movie were spotty at best. Non-Vietnamese may miss some of the dialogue, but the message of the movie comes across strongly. Recommended for die-hards and academics.


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