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The Scent of Green Papaya

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

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

Synopsis

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.

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.

Synopsis

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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The Scent of Green PapayaDirected byTrần Anh Hùng
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Awards & Festivals

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Cannes Film Festival
1993 | 2 wins including: Award of the Youth (French Film)
Academy Awards
1994 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
BFI London Film Festival
1994 | Winner: Sutherland Trophy

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