Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – In the 1930’s, a French woman living in Indochina raises a young Vietnamese girl among the turmoil in the country as various forces try to take control of the country.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve never had much of a desire to see due to both it’s length and the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language films.
It came up tho during my quest to watch all films that have received Oscar Nominations for its performances so I figured that I would check it out.
They actually do a wonderful job with this film because it has both an epic feel yet the story still stays quite focused throughout.
This film tries to explain how the country of Vietnam became such a volatile place and we get to see part of its history during the country’s quest for independence from their French Occupiers.
Catherine Denueve does a great job in the lead and allows us to see how her character changes over the course of the story which spans a few decades.
She was definitely deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work in this film, yet failed to win that year.
The story itself is put together quite well and it flows really well as it touches upon many smaller plot threads that all end up connecting further on in the film.
They give us the various opinions of those that are affected by all that was happening in the country as various forces were struggling for more power in the country at the time.
In some ways, this film is a time capsule as it shows how the country changed during the various years depicted in this film as they sought their own independence from French Occupation.
I can definitely understand how this film could win Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
Bottom Line – Interesting epic film that tries to explain how the country of Vietnam became such a volatile place through the history of occupation that it suffered for years before its independence. Denueve does a wonderful job in the lead role and manages to slowly change during the many years that this film is set in. She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film yet didn’t manage to win. The story flows quite well and touches upon numerous smaller threads that all eventually come together in order to show the various opinions of those affected by all that happens in the country at that time. This film in some ways is a time capsule about the years where the people of Indochine were seeking their independence from French occupation. Definitely can understand how this film could win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was shot in Vietnam, Malaysia, and France. The slave market scenes were shot in Halong Bay in Northeastern Vietnam. The Vietnamese marriage ceremony was shot at the Imperial Palace at Hue in central Vietnam. The Hotel Continental and the rubber factory scenes were shot in Malaysia. The police headquarters, opium den, cabaret, and gambling den scenes were shot in studio sets in Paris, France. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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