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The Third Wife uses one woman's experiences as the framework for a reserved period drama whose haunting beauty belies its devastating impact. Read critic reviews

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In 19th-century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon, she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.

Cast & Crew

Mai Thu Huong
Xuan
Ash Mayfair
Screenwriter
Dang Thanh Tam
Executive Producer
Chananun Chotrungroj
Cinematographer
Julie Beziau
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  • The Third Wife spends its time considering the hidden depths of these women not only as defined by their individual wants but also by what society dictates upon them.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps most remarkable is the contrast between the intense interior drama and the lush, languorous world in which it rages.

    July 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's certainly a curiosity for connoisseurs of Third World cinema.

    July 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a fury underlying this film that goes unexpressed to the point of almost going unacknowledged, and it saps "The Third Wife" of a strength and momentum it could use.

    July 3, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Third Wife is more or less upfront about the element of sado-masochistic fantasy built into the scenario, oddly fused with the charm of a rural idyll.

    July 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What we have here is a small, delicate mini-masterpiece, and bright new talent behind the camera.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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