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La pierre de l’attente

Posted by martinteller on August 18, 2009

Tran’s second film is a lot like the first, in certain superficialities.  Tran Nu Yen-Khe (Tran’s own achingly gorgeous spouse, who’s in all his films) as the wife, Lam Le as the husband, and a baby, and mostly taking place in a small dwelling.  But beyond that, they’re quite different.  It opens with onscreen text relating a classic folktale, and the film is a modern retelling of that tale.  It’s both a poignant story and a comment on the fates of boat people, and while it doesn’t do a spectacular job at either one, it’s satisfying enough.  Lovely images once again.  Rating: 7


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