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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…
Every frame and sound is pretty much immaculate,a real stunner.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Excellent rewatch. Now my favourite film of the 90s. The Lorber blu-ray package is also suitably gorgeous.
Astonishing nature and human images decorate with impeccable subtlety the growth process of a girl that ends up finding love in Tran Anh Hung's beautiful masterpiece Mùi du du xanh. A true delight for the senses with a thought-provoking musical score that may upset occidental viewers, the free-flowing and delicate nature of the story has the power to conquer both the heart and the mind of the viewer and find a warm place forever.
Tran Anh Hung's The Scent of Green Papaya is a rhapsodic, languid, gorgeous film. Following Mui, a servant girl in Saigon, the film is essentially two in one: the first follows Mui at age 10, played impressively by Man San Lu, as she explores the world around her and learns the art of cooking from her superior in her new home; the second might as well be a silent film, as it follows Mui ten years later, played by Tran Nu Yen-Khe (the director's wife), in her new employer's home, that of Mr. Khuyen, an old family friend of her first employers. Mr. Khuyen is a pianist, and she soon falls silently in love with him.
Every element of this film is so immaculately constructed, and the result is nothing short of heavenly. The music is beautiful, the cinematography is phenomenal, and the performances are all strong across the board. A remarkable achievement.
Incredibly tactile film.
Simple and beautiful. Great cinematography.
An impossibly attractive film. Every frame within the insulated Saigon household is a pictorial stunner. Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung permeates its surrounding with glacial tranquility, consoling instrumental tunes and a vegetal excellence that feels easy to alleviate yourself in. But amongst this, and like the ripening papaya, it's also a blossomed coming-of-age tale for 10-year-old Mui who trades one domestic role for another. After toiling away an entire decade on other people, she reaches womanhood and becomes the wife of a man for whom she has secretly adored. The indentured servant becomes an indebted wife in a manner which unfolds with beautiful maturation. There's almost a complete dearth of conflict and narrative abandonment (which to me, is a sumptuous…
Every farm of this film is a thing of beauty. A gentle and lovely story of family dysfunction and love.
The celebration of those wistful joys of reminiscent scents and the chirping of birds, which gorgeously frame an achingly melancholic family drama that Ozu would have been proud of.
Siguiendo y ampliando los límites geográficos de este ciclo de cine asiático, me encontré con El Olor de la Papaya Verde. Era demasiado cautivador. Esencialmente porque apenas pude simular un olor nuevo, un olor que pudiera ofrecer, en el futuro, el de las papayas maduras que sí conozco.
No lo podía creer cuando me reencontré conmigo mirando, cortando, tocando esa leche blanquísima de algunas plantas. Yo no sabía que el árbol de la papaya produce el mismo líquido que vi en mis investigaciones de niña en los dientes de león y en los gomeros; el que, tiempo después, descubrí que es látex. Una especie de goma que se me pegaba en los dedos y no salía con jabón. Sólo se…
the scent of green papaya reminds me of a silent — minimal dialogue, a lot of music, and general theatricality. i want to talk about how pretty it was, but i realized tonight that i want to talk about how pretty most movies i watch are. i like to think it just means i watch a lot of movies that happen to be nice to look at, not that i don't have discerning tastes.
that's really all i have to say right now.
why is this movie so long. why is it 2 am. i'm tired.
Beautiful, subtle and immersive. Draws you into it's world and everything slowly unfolds as if you too are a part of the house
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