Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, a young Vietnamese woman is among the Vietnam War's uncounted casualties. Born near fields where American planes sprayed Agent Orange, Thao lives with ...
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Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, a young Vietnamese woman is among the Vietnam War's uncounted casualties. Born near fields where American planes sprayed Agent Orange, Thao lives with severe physical deformities. Halfway around the world, a woman in New York is struggling to cope after the sudden death of her famed younger sister. In the midst of her crippling depression, a friend shows Elizabeth a black-and-white photograph from a recent trip abroad. The image haunts Elizabeth. It shows Thao sitting in a wheelchair outside a shed that houses pig feed, fertilizer -- and books. Despite her disabilities, Thao had set up a makeshift library for children in her village. The photographer who captured the image had asked her, "If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?" Thao replied, "Three hundred dollars, so I could buy more books." Through this simple request, Thao and Elizabeth are brought together, forging an unlikely sisterhood, transcending language and culture. ...
This movie is beautiful and moving. It is a powerful statement to love and human connection. It is inspiring in how we can inject goodness into the worst situations. The calming sky and sceneries allow reflecting moments to sooth the pain and depth of human suffering. It is worthwhile to watch every minute of it and does not seem long.
Bravo to Elizabeth for making an artistically excellent movie. She is selfless in helping others and not at all self serving. Yes, she has to work through her own very palpable pain in the process. She is genuinely beautiful inside and out. She gives a voice to the forgotten victims. This is a must see movie.
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