Tells the bittersweet story of a small traveling circus from Hanoi stopping in an impoverished ethnic minority village in Vietnam’s central highlands. Through the eyes of a village youngster, we witness the magic of the circus, and the naïve hope that illusion can be transformed into reality.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Vietnamese movies are bleak, bleak, bleak: here capitalist exploiters (in the form of a funny carnival act!) descend like Death on grindingly poor starvation village in the mountains, setting the villagers to forage for gold in the hills - leaving the pitiful fields neglected - in return for free amusement, the centerpiece of which is conjuring rice in an empty basket onstage. Very well done, but man is it dark.