Mùi đu đ̉u xanh

Mùi đu đ̉u xanh

L'odeur de la papaye verte = The scent of green papaya

Streaming Video - 1993 | Vietnamese
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An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Tran Anh Hung's "luxuriant, visually seductive debut" (New York Times) recreates antebellum Vietnam through both the wide eyes of childhood and the deep blush of first love. In 1951 Saigon, 10 year old Mui (Lu Man San) enters household service for an affluent but troubled Vietnamese family. Despite her servile role, Mui discovers beauty and epiphany in the lush physical details that envelope her, while earning the fragile affection of the household's grieving matriarch. As she comes of age, the now grown Mui (Tran Nu Yen-Khe) finds her relationship with a handsome pianist she has admired since childhood growing in depth and complexity. Though steeped in writer-director Tran Anh Hung's southeast Asian heritage, The Scent of Green Papaya was realized entirely within a Parisian soundstage. The film's heady, scrupulously detailed and wholly authentic depiction of a society in decline, a family in quiet turmoil, and lovers on the threshold of romance earned the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. A timeless evocation of life's universal enchantment and a powerful portrait of a vanished world, The Scent of Green Papaya is "a film to cherish." (Roger Ebert)
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 1993
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 104 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: Qing mu gua zhi wei


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Mar 10, 2016

A beautifully told and photographed Vietnamese movie. It is a work of art that displays the true beauty of the world to a peasant Vietnamese girl. She noticed all the beauties of nature, which makes the movie special. How a Vietnamese family lives together with many generations living together is fascinating. You will also learn how to cook Vietnamese food since it is one of the lead characters main jobs. A really great Vietnamese movie that KCLS has proudly procured for us all to see.

Dec 05, 2014

Saigon 1951, and 10-year old country lass Mui, wide-eyed and innocent, has just arrived in the big city where she’s hired as a domestic by an upper middle class family. Life is good, the work is easy, and because she resembles her mistress’ dead daughter Mui also enjoys a few special privileges. But the life of the relatively rich is not as grand as she imagined for grandma has been an upstairs hermit ever since her husband died, the lady of the house seems to be the sole breadwinner, and her spouse has a habit of grabbing the cash box and taking extended tours of Saigon’s many brothels. Furthermore, the middle son has made a hobby out of torturing insects while the youngest is determined to make Mui’s life as difficult as possible. In other words, they’re bourgeois. But our plucky little heroine is so in tune with nature (she smiles at ants!) and her noble peasant ways that she barely notices the little brat farting in her general direction. Ten years later the kindly mistress, now a forlorn widow, reluctantly lets Mui go, but not before bestowing upon her the meagre dowry originally meant for her own deceased daughter. Still sporting her vacuous smile (only as an adult it looks less endearing and more like brain damage) Mui becomes the housemaid of a handsome young pianist much to the chagrin of his immaculately coiffed fiancée. A prolonged seduction takes place (oh the power of lipstick!) as man and servant enter into a pygmalion-like relationship which sees Mui finally realizing her full potential. Yes, this Cannes winner and Oscar nominee boasts some amazing cinematography filled with bright vibrant colours and warm tropical locales (actually filmed entirely on a Parisian sound stage) but its snail’s pace challenged my patience throughout while its jaw-aching sweetness practically oozed from every frame. Contrived and emotionally unconvincing, this is a Vietnamese Pollyanna whose rich visuals barely mask a core of pure cinematic syrup. Spielberg would weep.

Sep 02, 2014

This is a 1993 Vietnamese-language film produced in France by Lazennec Production, directed by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung.
The film won the Caméra d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Although set in Vietnam, the film was shot entirely on a soundstage in Boulogne, France.
The musical score, both original material and well-known classical music pieces, creates the synaesthetic illusion of scent throughout the film.
In some ways, the music serves a metaphor for scent, with rapid transitions and modulations signaling abrupt emotional changes, just as occurs when a scent, invisible to the eye, eventually penetrates a person's consciousness and a message is transmitted to the brain.
This is a poetic rendering of Mui's love story.


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