The Scent of Green Papaya

The Scent of Green Papaya

  • Director: Anh Hung Tran
  • Countries of origin: Vietnam, France
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Release date: January 28, 1994
  • Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
  • Sound mix: Mono
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66 : 1
  • Also known as: Mùi Đu Đủ Xanh
  • "Mui du du xanh" is a drama film directed by Anh Hung Tran and starring Ruan Ruqiong, Tran Nu Yên-Khê , Hoa Hoi Vuong and others. The film was released in France on June 8, 1993.
    The film focuses on the growth experience of the little girl Mei, and tells the story of her life in two family environments   .


    • Release date January 28, 1994
    • Filming locations Paris, France
    • Production companies Les Productions Lazennec, SFP Cinema, La, La Sept Cinéma

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    • By Lura 2022-12-04 16:28:05

      The taste of green papaya

      I deeply understand that a movie is a world, and I can have a dialogue with the emotions of the characters in the movie and feel their human fireworks. This is even more prominent in the period of buying rice in the long drought and sweet dew, which makes the audience have a good life in their hearts. yearning. A woman is really a man's warm home, she accompanies a man in his life, and this pure beauty hits his heart. The picture is delicate and the colors are bright, but the music is too...

    • By Rodger 2022-11-19 13:59:44

      The most bowed style

      "Love in Three Seasons" made people think of going to Vietnam, and "The Smell of Green Papaya" made people decide to pack and go. From childhood to adulthood, such impulsiveness and self-will, only once.
      A film that is as cool as water, with no complicated plots, a little girl goes to a big family to help, and ten years pass by slowly, the little girl with a pair of deer-like eyes grows into a gentle and beautiful big girl, and finally waits. to your own happiness. A real-life...

    • By Briana 2022-11-17 17:23:07

      The anger behind the calm

         In fact, watching "The Smell of Green Papaya" made me extremely depressed.
         The first is that the director likes to use microscopic lenses to express his thoughts, and I have a feeling that this is not watching a movie, but watching "biological evolution";
         and then the sound processing is too confusing. It's not a surreal subject matter, and there's no need to play all that bells and whistles. But such a seemingly peaceful film is interspersed with too heavy, even...

    • By Dasia 2022-11-17 14:08:35

      A beautiful landscape painting on a screen.

      "The Smell of Green Papaya" is my favorite type of movie: the picture is pure, the dialogue is small, and the plot is pure but not deep. This can be considered a movie of natural scenery. I also like urban movies, but only Woody Allen is the best, and can best express the essence of the city. They are almost the opposite of these films: the hustle and bustle of the city, the dialogue, the nonsense, the bizarre but superficial plot.

      In fact, this is also the difference between the...

    • By Gerald 2022-11-10 16:07:49

      good time

      Once made papaya stewed milk.
      When you cut the dark blue papaya skin with a knife, the orange-red papaya flesh will seep out milky white juice, cut in half, a belly full of crystal clear papaya seeds, which is soft and sticky when you touch it. Papaya does not taste as dull as its Chinese name, on the contrary, its sweet and slightly greasy taste, and the fragrant milk smell, reminds people of a girl, a girl who is about to grow up. It grows in one path, and tightly wraps beauty and...

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    • By Cora 2023-05-09 18:15:54

      "The Smell of Green Papaya" doesn't have nudity, or sex, but it's a downright erotic film, even in the first paragraph, where the brushstrokes allude to sexual awareness (including Amei, or a naughty boy) Birth, development: microscopic world (hand or foot), green papaya or candle oil, milky liquid, wouldn't such a symbolism still arouse libido? In some sensual commentary, it is a humid tropical image. However, the irony is that both tropical images and "Oriental Baroque" are actually a...

    • By Dayana 2023-04-24 01:34:31

      Vietnamese style, sultry men and women, red plum blossoms, green...

    • By Wyatt 2023-04-08 20:46:42

      The most complicated movie to watch. I have heard about this film for a long time, Mr. Luan praised it from photography, the goddess criticized it with post-colonialism, and Penny said it was very special. Eyes full of green, the long pan has a sense of exhibition. The heroine's childhood and adulthood are split into two films, the oppressed woman and the stared woman. Childhood is very good for the misfortune of marriage, and the heroine's subject consciousness is gradually showing, but...

    • By Scot 2023-03-12 04:20:24

      The first Vietnamese film I watched, very special and beautiful. 1950s. Papaya dish. Beautiful bath. "In Mei's eyes, the world is beautiful. Mei's beauty is reflected in every movement she makes, from the expression on her face when she washes her hands, her simple smile, and the eyes she sees in the world. She always gives people a carefree look. I feel." In addition, just after 9.18, I read an article about the destruction of the remains of the Chinese Expeditionary Force in Vietnam, and I...

    • By Jerod 2023-03-05 17:33:45

      The hometown in your imagination is the most beautiful hometown. The hometown that keeps distance is the best hometown. In a French studio, build a hometown. It is filled with oriental fake antiques, Taishi chairs, Japanese lacquer boxes, Chinese magnetic bottles, and rattan flower tiles. The courtyard was deep and deep, and a papaya tree was also transplanted. The cricket in the studio sounds the same as the one in my hometown. A curfew siren sounded outside the wall, and the host took the...

    Movie plot

    At the age of 10, the little girl Mei came to work as a servant in a big family in the city. The owner was a folk musician. She often left without saying goodbye to her family. The wife once had a daughter who died of a serious illness. Mei looked very much like the deceased young lady, so she was especially loved by the young mistress. The young master swept away all the family's savings time and time again, and the wife finally could...
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    Creative background

    Film director Anh Hung Tran went to France from Vietnam when he was 12 years old to study. When he was majoring in philosophy at university, he happened to watch the film "Dust of the Empire" by the Vietnamese-French director Lem Le, which made him interested in film. The film is Anh Hung Tran's debut film . The   inspiration comes from his childhood memories, the most important thing is his memories of his mother, so the director...
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    "Mui du du xanh" poetically tells the growth story of a girl named Mei in an aesthetic realm. The film deals with Anh Hung Tran's childhood memories, part of which is his retrospective of his past life. The soft and clear pictures and the crystal clear and sometimes witty music are all so delicate that they bury the suffering and quell the passion. They are so beautiful that everything seems to have nothing to do with reality. This...
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