The film portrays the life of a family separated from the mainstream of modern society, yet containing within its microcosm the complex layers and dramas of human relationship: conjugal ...
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The film portrays the life of a family separated from the mainstream of modern society, yet containing within its microcosm the complex layers and dramas of human relationship: conjugal life, sexual trauma, and the failures and bonds of fatherhood, brother and sisterhood. The film is about a unique social stratum in a remote place in Vietnam with unspoken traditions, customs and lifestyles. But most of all, it is the universal story of a family that like all other families have to find the strength and direction in each other to navigate their way through the choices and consequences that make up human existence. Based on Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tu's best selling short story "Boundless Rice Field", winner of the best short story prize from the Vietnam Writer's Association in 2007 and the ASEAN Literature Award recently, Floating Lives will draw audiences into the colourful daily life of unsophisticated peasants scratching out a living in the beautiful but forgiving landscape of the immense, ...Written by
Nguyen Phan Quang Binh
"Mr. Vo" (Dustin Nguyen) was a happily married man until his wife leaves him with two young children to care for. In anger and sorrow he burns his house down and then takes his daughter, "Nuong" (Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc) and his son "Diem" (Vo Thanh Hoa) with him to live on a houseboat traveling up and down the Mekong Delta. This continues for seven years until one day a badly beaten woman named "Suong" (Do Thi Hai Yen) is helped by Diem into the boat where they take care of her and tend to her wounds. Later they find out that she is a prostitute who was beaten by an angry mob of females for seducing one of their husbands. So with nowhere else to go she essentially becomes a part of the family as they drift along and try to scratch out a living the best way they know how. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie and risk spoiling it for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this is a very deep drama which is both slow and sad. Although filmed in Vietnamese (with English subtitles) it was clear early on that this was a masterfully made project with good acting and exquisite Vietnamese scenery. Likewise, the presence of Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc certainly didn't hurt in that respect either. In any case, this was a very good movie and I recommend it to anyone who might be interested in this type of film.
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