The Scent of Green Papaya

Starring: Tran Nu Yen Khe Director: Tran Anh Hung
The Scent of Green Papaya
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Stills gallery
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Vietnamese
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 10/11/1993
"...Tranquilly beautiful....THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA marks a luxuriant, visually seductive debut for Mr. Hung..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/1994
"...Distinct and underivative. This is a remarkably confident and achieved debut feature..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/17/1995
"...Diaphonous....You feel almost like one of the film's many secretive, peeping characters." -- Rating: B+
Film Comment - 11/01/1993
"...GREEN PAPAYA marries nature and artifice....Hung Tran Anh wholly entrances the viewer with lovely, incremental detail..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/02/1994
"...A film as delicate and evocative as its name....Ravishing..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/11/1994
"...A film of great visual beauty; watching it is like seeing a poem for the eyes..."
USA Today - 03/24/1995
"...Possibly the most purely sensual piece of cinema since DAYS OF HEAVEN..."

Product Description:

In 1950s Saigon, Mui, a 10 year-old peasant girl, goes to work as a servant for a merchant family. Quiet, well-mannered, and almost supernaturally observant of the most minute and beautiful details that life has to offer, she grows into a young woman who is as much a part of the somewhat dysfunctional family as the real members themselves. As the family runs out of money, she is sent to work for a family friend, a young man whom she has known since she was a child and whom she secretly loves. Beautifully photographed, the film was the winner of the Camera d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film.

Plot Synopsis:

Set in the period between the fall of French control and the rise of American aggression, the story of a poor rural girl in Saigon focuses on a privileged family trapped in grief. 10-year-old Mui comes to work as a maid but becomes a substitute daughter in a family that has lost its only girl child. The young servant brings hope to the mother and grandmother as she grows in the home. After the ne'er-do-well father runs away for the third time with the family's fortune, they fall on hard times; eventually, her mistress is forced to sell Mui. Now a woman, Mui goes to the home of a new master whom she has loved quietly since a child. Unable to speak her desire, she shows her affection in every service she performs for him. Eventually, they cross the boundary between servant and employer and love one another.

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Production Notes:

  • Additional cast members include Gerard Neth (Tin), Nhat Do (Lam), Thi Hai Vo (Grandmother), Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen (Mai), Lam Huy Bui (Doctor) and Xam Thu Nguyen (Antique Dealer).
  • This film was made with financial support from the Fondation Gan pour le Cinema.
  • Though set in Vietnam, "The Scent of the Green Papaya" was filmed in France. Vietnam officially entered the film in the Academy Awards.
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Copyright 1993 Overseas Filmgroup, Inc.

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  • Sales Rank: 128,216
  • UPC: 738329074326
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