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At The Height Of Summer [2001] [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Le Khanh, Quang Hai Ngo, Chu Hung
  • Directors: Anh Hung Tran
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V4UI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,320 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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By Dinky VINE VOICE on 13 April 2008
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These are the kind of sisterly relationships which we hope to have as women with friends and sisters. Even Lien's languid, half-teasing proposals to her brother could have been sleazy but were not, coming from her yearning to have a child of her own.

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.
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Like his earlier movie, "The Scent of Green Papaya" (1993), Tran Anh-Hung has here created another masterpiece, a story of three sisters living above their cafe in a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, which takes the viewer from what appears to be a simple tale of family life (and for some of the time it is just that) to an exploration of the passions, trials, misunderstandings and evasions of the truth which everyone encounters and experiences (and perpetrates) in life.

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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lovely, sensual, nice plot, atmosphere, photographic excellent quality, poetic. Reccommended! Sadly Anh hung tran do not make more movies.
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Nicely filmed, in an interesting Vietnamese setting and conveying a good general atmosphere. Three weeks after watching that's about all I can say as it didn't make a big impression. Having bought it on the strength of the other reviews, I guess I was hoping for a bit more.
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By JP on 16 Aug. 2015
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Many other purchasers here have written (and very accurately) to enlighten you as to the story of this film so I shall not do so. It is, however, necessary for me to attribute my own accolades to this quite delightful production. The script is succinct, the acting perfection and the environment and scenery of Vietnam enchanting and succulent. This film is very pleasing
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