The Scent of Green Papaya
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.