Set in the lowlands of southern Vietnam, this powerful coming of age tale is a richly textured and stunningly visual reflection of the rhythms of daily life and culture determined by water. The flooded landscape serves to tell the story of the relationship between a father and son, the cycles of life, and the inescapable flow of all things. When young Kim, out of necessity, joins the nomadic life of the buffalo herders he is exposed to a complex, brutal way of existence. He must find his own way and sense of self in this male world of endurance, betrayal, and uncertainty, which can also offer friendship and independence. Minh Nguyen-Vo presents this mythic tale with indelible images of the majestic and sacred buffalos charging through flood waters contrasted with the solitary rower gliding through the waters, each representing opposite phases of the spiritual and moving journey. –The Global Film Initiative
His next film "Khi yeu dung quay dau lai" (Don't look back when you are in love, 2009) is a disaster. It proved Nguyen Vo Nghiem MInh even didn't know how to make a flim. "Mua len trau" (Buffalo Boy) was good only because it was adapted from a short story of a famous Vietnames writer. Stay away from his new film, please!