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

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

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Moving, engrossing tale of a Vietnamese country girl who goes to work for a merchant family in Saigon in the years prior to the war.

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Critic Reviews for The Scent of Green Papaya (Mùi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
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

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for The Scent of Green Papaya (Mùi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte)

½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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½

A superb film. A beautifully rendered treat for the eyes and the senses.

Michael S
Michael S

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