Duyen is getting married. She thinks she loves her fiance, who is two years younger. But what does that actually mean? The tempestuous wedding ends without romance. The naive bridegroom turns out to be a mother's boy. He is carried into the bedroom blind drunk and is later incapable of consummating the marriage. Through a jealous girlfriend, Duyen finds herself in the circles of a charming man of the world who has no respect for faithfulness or morality and who awakens confusing feelings in her. The inexperienced husband has meanwhile crossed the path of a teenage girl who fled her father.
The sultry, chaotic city of Hanoi is the backdrop for the reconnaissance of an unknown world of desire and loneliness, passion and pain. The roaming is occasionally reminiscent of an outing by Antonioni in Vietnam. In Venice it won the international critics' FIPRESCI Prize.


Original title
Choi voi
Filmmaker
Bui Thac Chuyen
Country
Vietnam, France
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
105’
Language
Vietnamese
Producer
Dang Tat Binh, Claire Lajoumard
Production Company
The Feature Film Studio No. 1, Acrobates Films
Sales
Vietnam Media Corporation - BHD Co., Ltd
Writer
Di Phan Dang
Cinematography
Dzung Ly Thai
Editor
Julie Beziau
Production Design
Tung La Quy
Sound Design
Franck Desmoulins
Music
Dai Hoang Ngoc
Cast
Do Thi Hai Yen