The Third Wife

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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.


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An audience-friendly affair which deals with harrowing subject-matter in restrained, tactful and aesthetically entrancing style...

Oct 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Gently dipping us into the long ago and far away past, Ash Mayfair's directorial debut brings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century.

Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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Mayfair treats her scenes of sex and desire with restraint, using juxtaposition to evoke mood

Feb 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Visually, The Third Wife comes off as a wonderful painting. Director of Photography Chananun Chotrungroj beautifully captures rural Vietnam, and the sets are authentic amazing.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

It's true that [The Third Wife] shows a tendency towards excessive preciosity, but by not losing contact with its characters or its tribulations it rises above it. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In her directorial debut, Ashleigh Mayfair creates a film full of rotundity, delicacy, beauty and cruelty. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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