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The Scent of Green Papaya (Mi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte) (1993)


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A modern fairy-tale of visual beauty, incredible romance and struggle with a happy ending. Nominated for Best Foreign Film. Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Dec 18, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Extraordinary. I will be eagerly awaiting more from this director.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Scent of Green Papaya's warmth and beauty create a magical feeling that's more important than narrative.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Almost silent, and marked by great pictorial beuaty, the film revolves around a young Vietnamese servant during the French occupation, though politics remains in the background--a classic coming of age

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A portrait of a tranquil Vietnam unknown to most Westerners . . . a lyrical and magical movie-masterpiece.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A terrific film, one of tremendous visual beauty, but one that steers clear of any overt political messages.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Scent of Green Papaya (Mi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte)

A superb film. A beautifully rendered treat for the eyes and the senses.
October 23, 2007

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This film is exactly why I don't like independent films. The director focuses more on the so-called "aesthetic" details of the film and they consume all aspects of it. He stuffed SO MUCH SYMBOLISM about how pure Mui was he practically beat us over the head with it. The characters are flat and ugly and speak maybe 1/8 of the time. I hated the music - it was SO repetitive and I was really glad when the dad ran away so I wouldn't have to listen to him strum on his stupid qin again. I'm being nice by giving it two stars because I liked the one scene where Mui cracks open the papaya and touches the seeds. Otherwise, blegh.
August 9, 2007

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This film was mention to be similar as the Lover. Was it the same movie I just saw?! It could not be, as the film I just saw was beautiful, but there was no passion as there were in The Lover. Maybe this was just publicity to attract the potential viewer to see this movie? If only it did have some passion or some life to it, I would have greatly enjoyed this film. Instead, it was a tortured slow paced and not particularly interesting film. It was not a bad film, after all it is very beautifully filmed. I kept waiting for something exciting or interesting to happen, but then the movie just ended. There was no great sense of excitement, mystery or anything, just a simple story about a young girl who becomes a servant and spends the next 10 years of her life working as a maid.
June 21, 2009
Daisy Maduro

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Absolute favorite movie! I've seen this several years back, geez! I've forgotten this for a while, but I love it still!
December 27, 2007
Leo L

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  • Der Duft der grnen Papaya (DE)
  • The Scent of Green Papaya (Mui du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte ) (UK)
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