The Buffalo Boy

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In 1940s southern Vietnam, the rainy season threatens to consume life as much as sustain it. With his family's survival heavily dependent on a pair of buffalo, young Kim (Le The Lu) agrees to take the animals inland from the water-logged coast in search of food. On his journey, he witnesses firsthand the brutality of man and sees how taxes by the occupying French further harm the poor. When Kim encounters a herder (Vo Hoang Nhan) in a position to help, he must decide whether he can trust him.

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  • If you have ever wondered what the life of a Vietnamese peasant was like in the 1940s, it seems unlikely there will be a lovelier evocation of it than Buffalo Boy.

    September 14, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Ostensibly a coming-of-age story, this languorous, beautifully shot feature debut from Vietnam tells a deceptively simple tale in a deceptively simple fashion.

    March 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In a lesser film, the copious floods would signal pat themes of life and renewal, but Nguyen-Vo emphasizes the water's destructive power as well.

    June 6, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Austere but beautiful film about the desperately poor in Vietnam during the 1940s.

    April 4, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This beautiful film offers a rare, poetic glimpse of life in rural Vietnam during the French occupation.

    March 11, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Buffalo Boy

  • Nov 01, 2006
    If you want to see a story about people in Vietnam that doesn't involve the Vietnam war, then here you go. The good parts involve how nice it is to see the landscapes within the wold of water buffalo herders. The music is very nicely done as well. The actors work well in their roles. The bad is that the story is so damn depressing and takes it's time.
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