The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mua he chieu thang dung) (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mua he chieu thang dung) (2000)

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Critic Consensus: The Vertical Ray of the Sun is gorgeously, poetically composed, lulling the viewer into its story of everyday life.

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The third feature from Tran Anh Hung, the Vietnamese director of The Scent of Green Papaya and Cyclo, A La Verticale de L'Ete charts a few weeks in the lives of three closely-knit sisters living in Hanoi. Suong (Nguyen Nhu Quynh), the eldest sister, runs a restaurant where she employs her youngest sister, the 23-year-old Lien (Tran Nu Yen Khe) as a waitress. Their middle sister, Khanh (Le Khanh) is newly-pregnant and happily married, and, along with their brother, Hai (Ngo Quang Hai), joins the others at a celebration to mark the anniversary of their mother's death. At the celebration, which takes place at Suong's restaurant, it becomes apparent that, although close, the sisters have secrets they keep from one another. Both Suong and Khanh quietly suspect their respective husbands of infidelity, a reasonable suspicion in Suong's case, as her spouse has a second wife and family outside of the city. Meanwhile, Lien, a laid-back romantic, lives with her brother, with whom she shares an almost unnaturally-close bond and to whom she compares potential suitors. Emotional tumult ensues as the desire to maintain appearances grows stronger.

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Critic Reviews for The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mua he chieu thang dung)

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This might just be the perfect time to soak up some of its calm and natural beauty.

October 11, 2001

Tran Anh Hung, who earned an Oscar nomination for his first movie, The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), has created another exquisite portrait of Vietnamese family life.

September 28, 2001

The film's minimalism works against it.

September 21, 2001

A film shaped ... around the mundane, endlessly fascinating and humanizing details of who we are right here and now.

September 21, 2001

The Vertical Ray of Sun is beautiful, languorous, passive -- it plays like background music for itself.

September 14, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like all the best international cineastes, [Tran] puts us in another world.

September 13, 2001

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