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The Scent of Green Papaya

1993, Drama, 1h 44m

17 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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In this Vietnamese drama, a young peasant girl named Mui (Lu Man San) is hired to work for a well-to-do family in Saigon. Although the household's fortunes change for the worse, Mui stays with them as a servant and grows infatuated with one of their friends, the handsome Khuyen (Vuong Hoa Hoi). Years later, Mui (Tran Nu Yen-Khe) is employed by Khuyen, who has become a renowned pianist. Although Khuyen has a girlfriend, he gradually begins to realize his own strong connection with Mui.

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  • Oct 23, 2014
    A gorgeous, poetic and delicate film that knows that little can be said and yet all can be conveyed with beautiful images and a wonderfully subtle approach to a character's life, and it is almost impossible to not feel enormously enchanted by the beauty and serenity of what we witness.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2013
    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 <i>Mùi du du xanh</i>. 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. 97/100
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  • Dec 14, 2012
    Not much to say about this film as I certainly enjoyed it. This is a visually poetic film. It simply relies on its visual and symbolism to tell its story and it is a sweet and gentle one at that. There's something Cinderella-esque about the film and seeing how Mui sort of grows up and transforms into much more than a "servant". So in that regard it is a solidly told story even if the dialogue is very minimalist. With that said, the film can sort of be a chore to sit through at times. Symbolism and beautiful visuals can only get you so far, but I still enjoyed the film, it's not perfect by any means but it is solid film nonetheless.
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  • Apr 23, 2011
    An unusual and evocative tale of love in prewar Vietnam, punctuated by lush cinematography & sound design. Following a young girl who is given away into servitude at a young age, as she grows up and falls in love with a pianist she admired as a girl, "The Scent of Green Papaya" is a strangely intoxicating work, often wordless, characterized by an oddly entrancing score. The sound of unseen jets suggest encroaching war on a society on the brink of destruction. Tran Anh Hung's debut feature is a strange beauty of a film. As delicate and mysterious as the smoke of incense.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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