Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
The Scent of Green Papaya
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another family, a young pianist and his wife. The musician falls in love with the peasant, he taught her literacy and they eventually married. A movie about a girl's life.
The Scent of Green Papaya is such a hard film to describe and even more difficult to prepare oneself for pre-viewing. The reason is that as the film begins, expectations begin to take hold that this is to be a traditional narrative story set in Vietnam but as the film goes on it becomes quite apparent that that is not the case. The film is virtually plotless and I wish someone would have told me that beforehand because my reaction to the first half of the film was more along the lines of frustration or confusion. The lack of story present made it seem as though I must have been missing some integral part of the plot when it just…
1951 Saigon...11 years before it turned into a war ravaged country one can sense the tranquility permeating in the air..The camera travels around the household capturing all the members of the familia....it shows how an individual climbs up the social ladder via hard work and seduction..Beautiful cinematography..it shifts gears in the second act,but it's not really a quibble for me.Worth a watch.
Every frame and sound is pretty much immaculate,a real stunner.
A '50's Saigon household is evocatively recreated in a Parisian studio by Tran for his debut feature; a sensuous and reflective mood is created as the constantly gliding camera stalks the characters, spying on their day-to-day activities through windows and doorways in a manner reminiscent of the work of Ophüls or Mizoguchi.
An Ozu-like serenity is also effortlessly generated in this ravishing and beautiful picture..
Excellent rewatch. Now my favourite film of the 90s. The Lorber blu-ray package is also suitably gorgeous.
What a stunning looking movie, I loved the first two thirds of the movie, really liked the rhythm, the mood and the cinematography is just beautiful.
Can't help but feel that the piano obsessed "10 years later" part is a bit shit though :-(
Cinematic World Tour 2016: Destination 100 (Vietnam)
‘The Scent of Green Papaya’ has a really tactile quality to it. You can really feel the heat, the sweat and the damp water. You can smell and taste the food. You can touch the rice and the papaya seeds. It’s also very colourful to look at with an airy, atmospheric quality to it. The soundscape is similarly exciting yet controlled, filled with birdsong and incidental yet somehow overpowering music. It’s a full body sensory experience and that is both very lovely and very impressive. However, this isn’t enough to sustain a whole film and it really suffers from a lack of plot. It’s as though they’re scrambling around looking for themes or…
Der Film trifft einen so unerwartet wie ein Sturm auf hoher See und besitzt dabei die Lautstärke eines Schmetterlings. „The scent of green papaya“ ist ein ruhiger Film, der mit wenig Dialog auskommt und damit wieder einmal das wichtige Prinzip „Show – Don’t tell!“ im Film unterstreicht. Mui, die Protagonistin, ist ein Dienstmädchen und der Zuschauer beobachtet sie beim Erwachsen werden. Ihre erste Arbeitgeberin hat den Tod ihrer kleinen Tochter noch nicht überwunden und sieht in Mui eine Möglichkeit diese zu ersetzen. In der zweiten Hälfte des Films ist Mui zu einer wunderschönen jungen Frau herangereift und arbeitet nun für einen verheirateten Pianisten. „The scent of green papaya“ ist eigentlich eine „coming-of-age“ Geschichte, die größtenteils – vor allem während der…
The Scent of Green Papaya is a Vietnamese film that mostly ignores dialogue and narrative for a more ethereal coming of age story in 1950s and 60s Vietnam, right before the dangers of the Vietnam war. The Cannes First Film winner is the blossoming of a voice, that of Tran Anh Hung, who really showed strength with this early film. It's one of a kind, both western and eastern in filmic philosophy, and also of the director's own consciousness.
The score is the secret MVP (while the cinematography is luscious yet somehow quiet), sounding similar to what I would expect out of a 2000s-2010s Paul Thomas Anderson film.
The film here is strong, and is one I strongly recommend.
A transfixing, deliberate, heartfelt masterpiece, where frogs always get their water and there is such a command of twisted structure that film easily makes demands of you, rather than you of it. But The Scent of Green Papaya was constantly distracting me from itself, because:
- The music consists only of extremely overpowering and unusual motifs (well, it gets better toward the end). One theme in particular that kept reoccurring made me think the composer had just heard Penderecki's Threnody and was like "let me put this cool strings effect in the movie" despite it hardly fitting at all. The point is that, for the most part, the music did not synthesize with the images at all.
- The acting…
Film #21 of 30 in my March Around The World | 2016 Challenge
This story begins in Saigon in the summer of 1951. A 10-year-old peasant girl called Mui (Man San Lu) comes to the city to work for a middle-class Vietnamese family consisting of a mother (Thi Loc Truong), a father (Ngoc Trung Tran) and their three sons -- almost grown Trung the eldest (Keo Souvannavong); silent, moody Lam in the middle (Nhat Do); and unruly troublemaker Tin the youngest (Gerard Neth). There's also the paternal grandmother (Thi Hai Vo), who lives upstairs and keeps to herself, praying all the time for the spirits of her dead husband and her granddaughter, Tho.
Directly outside Mui's bedroom window…
Incredibly precise filmmaking. The first section is a wonder but it fades in the last half hour.
30 countries 2016 #6 Vietnam
Kiểu trăm năm rồi mới xem được một bộ phim Việt, xem xong nửa khúc thì xác định là trong trăm năm tới sẽ không xem phim Việt nữa :((( diễn xuất nhạt quá nuốt không trôi ạ.
The movie looks great. The cinematography was the one thing going for this movie.
But everything else was a chore. There's almost zero plot here besides the daily being of showing a house servant work. I swear half the film is her cooking.
For a film so slow, the character development is lacking like crazy. And there isnt a whole lot of.characters so it doesn't make sense.
The score can move from soothing to totally out of place...sometimes the score is something you'd hear in a horror film.
Like most Oscar bait films, I felt this one was pretty boring.
Tran Anh Hung's debut feature is a stunningly beautiful film infused with Buddhist overtones. Its gentle pacing and lush scenery has an odd lulling effect despite the fact that it is rather opaque and seems determined to coast on its visual richness alone.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Complete list. :-(