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At The Height Of Summer  [DVD]
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On the anniversary of their mother's death, three sisters meet up to honour her memory. Intensely close, they seem to tell each other everything and seek one another's advice on every subject. And yet, each of them has a secret. One month later, following a turbulent period of temptations, disappointments, suspicions, separations and misunderstandings, each of them has revealed what the tact and discretion of familial relationships has always kepy hidden. Exquisitely acted and beautifully photographed by Mark Lee, who shot In The Mood For Love, Tran Anh Hung's sensuous and beautifully crafted film is an elegant and resonant combination of mood, ravishing visuals and music.
At the Height of Summer is a film by Vietnam's most prominent director, Tran Anh Hung. It's the story of three sisters in present-day Hanoi: the youngest is just discovering sexuality, the middle one is about to have a baby but suspects her husband is having an affair, and the oldest discovers her husband has a child by a woman who lives in the country. In the course of preparing an elaborate meal on the anniversary of their mother's death, the three women discuss their lives and problems.
This is a film of great beauty and sensitivity, immaculately shot and owing nothing to stereotyped Western images of Vietnam. The radiant Tran Nu Yen Khe, star of Tran's first two films, The Scent of Green Papaya and Cyclo offers another great performance. One of the director's trademarks is a virtual obsession with food and its preparation. If you aren't hungry when you start this film, you will be at the end. --Ed Buscombe
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A lot of the action -- so to speak -- centres around the kitchen and food. Perhaps it isn't action so much as activity, and the kitchen, as in many homes, is the heart of it. The Vietnam it evokes is clean and innocent somehow -- a relief and perhaps an answer to the other images and thoughts which Vietnam usually inspires. Simple and homely, it shows that people are in some ways the same everywhere.
Taken as a whole, the film explores some of the most important and potentially devastating aspects of living and loving in ways which completely avoid rhetoric or grandstanding.
In addition, this film is, like its predecessor, visually stunning, and possesses a soundtrack (of sounds of the living world as well as music) of unique richness.
A beautiful, distinguished and wonderfully humane movie.
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