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also known as Mùi du du xanh

The Scent of Green Papaya1993

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An Academy Award® nominee for "Best Foreign Language Film" and winner of the Camera d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, Trần Anh Hùng's feature-length debut recreates antebellum Vietnam through both the wide eyes of childhood and the deep blush of first love. In 1951 Saigon, ten 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.

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Winner of the "Caméra d’Or" at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.


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A simple story of a girl, and not a perfect film, but oh, the cinematography! By Benoit Delhomme! Luscious. I saw "The Proposition" only because Delhomme filmed it, and when he focuses in on the teapot pouring tea, it brought me right back to this film. For me, "moving pictures" are all about the photography, generally. This film pleases my eyes. I could watch it backwards in slow-motion.

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A simple story of a girl, and not a perfect film, but oh, the cinematography! By Benoit Delhomme! Luscious. I saw "The Proposition" only because Delhomme filmed it, and when he focuses in on the teapot pouring tea, it brought me right back to this film. For me, "moving pictures" are all about the photography, generally. This film pleases my eyes. I could watch it backwards in slow-motion.

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A beautiful exquisite film. You have to wonder how the vision of a film like that develops.

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One of the finest pieces of cinematography that I have ever seen. The pacing of this film is exquisite, the sound track gorgeous and the acting superb. The stillness of the settings accentuates the ambient environmental murmurings and soft warm rain. It is almost like being there. An art masterpiece.

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I loved the cinematography, the set, art direction and mood of this film. I liked the music as well. I want to give it 5 stars but I am not sure about the characters and the story--I couldn't really feel along with the characters. But the cinematography and sets kept my eyes glued to the screen. When the young girl first arrives at her new employers house, it is very dreamlike--it's hard to tell if it's a city street, an alley, a stage set or a house. The sideway movements of the camera across the set make for very exciting imagery, beautiful paintings, looking through windows, doorways the compositions and colors are very complex and satifsying. But the relationship between the son of the lady house and servant girl--him tipping things over and peeing in pots to command her attention and consternation, didn't seem enough to sense a connection or attraction between the two. I will say no more. I did enjoy the film very much.

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My eyes were captivated, each moment lingering, staying with me till the final frame. Watch this with a sense of wonder, appreciate the genuine sentiment that defines this beautiful film.

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A movie with a cool green palette more gorgeous than Amelie's. Impassioned diegetic music, and then moments so quiet that you can hear the rainforest stir. Very real, very beautiful people living through it all. A very slow plot that lets you savor the peaceful joys of antebellum Vietnam as if they occur in real time.

LOVED IT !! one of my favorites....and one i always enjoy playing for others.....!!

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Just the right amount of mellowness :)

One of my all-time favorite movies by director Trân Anh Hùng, “The Scent of Green Papaya” is a stunning film for all the senses and a sheer delight to watch again and again . . . definitely watch it with someone you love! ;-)