In 1951 Saigon, 10 year-old Mui enters household service for an affluent, troubled family. As she comes of age, Mui finds her relationship with a pianist she has admired since childhood growing in complexity. Antebellum Vietnam is recreated through a child’s eyes and the deep blush of first love.
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Astounding debut feature from director Tran Anh Hung that was one of the highlights of the Festival of Festivals in '93. The sublime cinematography by Benoit Delhomme and the wonderful story structure resulted in a powerful understated film. Performances were quite naturalistic taking into account the artificial setting as the entire picture was shot on a sound stage in France. Remarkable achievement.
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.
The Scent of Green Papaya features some very impressive cinematography. The mise-en-scène is so intricate, and I love how the camera embodies Mui's curiosity. The sound design is equally complex and worthy of praise. Tran Anh Hung showcases a tranquil side of Vietnam rarely seen on film.
An unusual and evocative tale of love in prewar Vietnam, punctuated by lush cinematography & sound design. It's a strangely intoxicating work, often wordless, characterized by an oddly entrancing score. The sound of unseen jets suggest encroaching war on a society on the brink of destruction. Tran Anh Hung's debut feature is a strange beauty of a film. As delicate and mysterious as the smoke of incense.
This movie is so relaxing. The cinematography is transcendent because every frame is really beautiful and the choice of shots is really peculiar, showing the protagonists curiosity and always giving the spectator interesting details. The traveling after the pianist closes Mùi's door really got to me. And what a wonderful work of mise-en-scène, isn't it?