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The Scent of Green Papaya
The Scent of Green Papaya
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THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA

Mùi đu đủ xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte

Directed by Trần Anh Hùng
Vietnam, France, 1993
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

1950s Saigon through the eyes of Mui, a Vietnamese servant girl. At 10 years-old, Mui leaves her village to work for an affluent, troubled family. As she comes of age, Mui finds work in the household of a pianist she has admired since childhood, and finds their relationship growing in complexity.

Synopsis

1950s Saigon through the eyes of Mui, a Vietnamese servant girl. At 10 years-old, Mui leaves her village to work for an affluent, troubled family. As she comes of age, Mui finds work in the household of a pianist she has admired since childhood, and finds their relationship growing in complexity.

Our take

Vietnamese auteur Tran Anh Hung (Norwegian Wood) made one of the most enduring art-house hits of the 90s. Garnering the Camera d’Or at Cannes, a César for Best First Feature, and a Foreign Film Oscar® nod, this exquisitely shot family drama makes poignant observations.