1930, Indochina. An unmarried French woman who works in the rubber fields, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was her own daughter. Their lives are changed dramatically when both fall in love with the same army officer.
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I don't really believe that "Eliane becomes a personification of France" as she is closer to her workers than most of the people at that time. There is one moment when french people call her "red" and she answers "yes, I'm a communist", I don't really believe that french people from Indochina would have answered like that...
the fact that this was made as recently as 1992 and even won an oscar says so much about how whites/europeans used to and continue to feel about non-white people... "yeah i whip and overwork my coolies but look at me take care of this child :) im the savior of these primitive indo-chinese :)"... also love the inclusion of the explicitly racist Castellani to make the rest of the French seem better
First of all, this movie has an excellent performance from its cast. Catherine Deneuve maybe stole the show. She was very dominant in this movie (although, she was absent in some scenes). Patrick Doyle's score was absolutely a gem! It also has a beautiful cinematography. Unfortunately, INDOCHINE lacks of intriguing story. I realized that the filmmaker wanted us symphatize to its characters. Somehow, I didn't feel it.
Amidst the heat of a 30s rubber plantation Catherine Deneuvy briefly falls for a young officer. Her adopted daughter then enters the fray that becomes her life’s quest. Golden Globe of Best Foreign Film.