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The Scent of Green Papaya Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The interior life of a Vietnamese household in the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of a young servant girl, is explored in Tran Anh Hung's placid, but visually intoxicating tone poem, L'Odeur de la Papaye Verte. The film begins in 1951, when the beautiful and inquisitive 10-year-old peasant girl Mui (Lu Man San) is hired to work at the home of an affluent Saigon family. When the father absconds with the family's money, the tireless mother (Truong Thi Loc) is forced to support the family through the slim profits of her tiny fabric store. As the family struggles to make ends meet, Mui becomes attracted to a friend of the family, Khuyen (Vuong Hoa Hoi). The film then shifts to 1961, when the family is in desperate straits. The father has died, and Mui (Tran Nu Yen-Khe), now twenty years old, finds herself working in Khuyen's home. Khuyun has grown into an attractive, sophisticated French-speaking pianist, with his own expensive mistress. Mui serves him as she has served the family -- with perfection and silence. She also loves Khuyen is silence, and gradually Khuyen begins to take notice of Mui's love for him. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:June 8, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Tran Anh Hung Best First Film 1993 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Tran Anh Hung Camera d'Or 1993 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tran Anh Hung Best Foreign Language Film 1993 Nominee

Cast

Tran Nu Yên-Khê
as Mùi
Nguyen Anh Hoa
as Old Thi

Crew

Tran Anh Hung
Director
Tran Anh Hung
Screenwriter
Patricia Petit
Screenwriter
Benoit Delhomme
Cinematographer
Nicole Dedieu
Editor
Jean-Pierre Roques
Editor
Alain Negre
Production Designer
Jean-Philippe Abril
Costume Designer
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