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Scent of Green Papaya [DVD] [1993] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen, Hoa Hoi Vuong
  • Directors: Tran Anh Hung
  • Writers: Tran Anh Hung
  • Producers: Adeline Lecallier, Alain Rocca, Christophe Rossignon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDRN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos on 3 July 2007
Format: DVD
This film captures beautiful images as seen by the naked eye when the camera hones in on such natural wonders as a frog on a large green leaf, an ant carrrying a crumb or a papaya tree with green ripening fruit located outside one's window. Or when the camera scans the the interior of the home and captures oriental lattice work on a porch railing or a screen wall divider or porcelain vases on a credence. These images are impressed both on the viewer and on the mind of Mui, a nine year old Vietnamese girl from a small village who gets a job as servant in the household of shopkeepers. The artistic use of cinematography leaves the viewer with a sense of wonder and anticipation, expecting to be spellbound by even more mysterious oriental imagery - the viewer will not be disappointed! This feeling and tone is mesmerizing as so much beauty and such a wonderful love story unfolds ... with a minimum of dialogue.

Mui learns the household routine from an older servant ... She awakens early to make breakfast, cleans the floors on her hands and knees, and learns to prepare delicious and colorful meals using a wok....The family has three sons, one is older, almost an adult, two are younger - the middle son is about 11 or 12 years old, the youngest is about 5 or 6 years and very mischevious. The family business is selling textiles. Mui is treated kindly and later learns the family had a daughter who would be exactly Mui's age. She died of a mysterious disease. There is slight tension within the family regarding the business. The wife runs the business impeccably. She keeps accounts accurately and locks up the cash in a safe. Her husband often spends his time daydreaming and playing an oriental stringed instrument, sometimes accompaned on a flute by the eldest son.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 April 2006
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It seems impossible how a plot so simple, how the day to day experience of a young Vietnamese servant as she learns her work, observing the very ordinary uneventful life of the family she serves, can be so exquisitely beautiful.
But every second is a fresh wonder to savour and sense, but the wonders are everyday things and happenings.
I only found an explanation by reading another review, this is a film based on a Buddhist view of life, so we share with the servant Mui her living absolutely for the present moment, observing everything afresh, being enriched by her silent presence as the family are in the film. This is made possible by the combination of superb photography and minimal dialogue riveting our attention on Mui.
The Buddhist culture of the film explains why when Mui is grown up and working for a young musician he recognises Mui in a bust of Buddha.
Mui is played by two actresses, Man San Lu as a child of 10 and Tran Nu Yen-Khe age twenty, and fortunately both actresses are able to portray the extraordinary personality of Mui.
This master work is probably unique in the power of its simplicity.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 14 Mar 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Saigon, Vietnam 1951.Ten year old Mui(Lu Man San) arrives from the country to take up her position as servant girl to a sporadically wealthy family.For ten years she performs her duties until she is sent away to work for a family friend with whom she shares feelings of affection.

Beautifully capturing Mui's everyday existance from the carrying out of chores to dealing with the mischevious youngest son,these aspects dovetail seamlessly with Mui's growing understanding of the family and the secrets that bind them.The scene where the mother watches Mui wash her hands is very touching.

Delicately sensuous with many beautiful and haunting images, this is cinema at it's most observational and truthful.Slight but hypnotic.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Red Nemesis Dog on 19 Dec 2004
Format: DVD
the film slowly builds it's layers describing a 10/12 year period in a Vietnamese family who are enjoying mixed fortunes.
all seen through the experience of a young servant from the country.
the colours, the soundtrack and the minimalist dialogue make this a jewel of a film and really allows the watcher to relax and enjoy the unfolding story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alto on 30 July 2012
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For those of us who have fallen in love with Vietnam as travellers and tourists this is a wonderful evocation of life well before the war the Vietnamese call the American war. Details of everyday life: shopping for food, cooking, cleaning, family meals, are quietly and undramatically portrayed by the camera as onlooker.
Equally, the errant husband and the naughty little boy are shown without criticism; we simply watch the outcomes. The story of the central character is charming and developed with a light touch. Wonderful visually, the restraint with which this story is told will be familiar to visitors who encounter Vietnam even today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Lambert on 12 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
I am currently working my way through a number of films from China having recently returned from a trip to this beautiful country. I want to increase my cultural awareness and understanding of China and this film was an absolute delight a soft gentle and very thoughtful journey through the eyes of a young servant girl as she matured into a beautiful young woman. The images and filming of this gentle tale were breathtakingly beautiful and I was deeply moved by the film and continue to reflect on the whole experience. Story telling is a craft, that just maybe, the west has almost lost (except on some low budget films)prefering the big all action block busters to the more gentile mind teasing pleasures of the visual art with minimum dialogue. My admiration goes to the artistic and visual skills shown by Tran Nu Yen-Khe a very clever man. I hope you all enjoy this film as much as I did.
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