Duyên, hast just got married to Hai – a young man who is still very innocent. She thought she was happy, but the shared life of the young couple is soon dotted with flickers of emptiness. They don’t make love like other couples. They are just like two good friends.
Duyên has a girlfriend – Cam, a writer. Cam is older and silently in love with Duyên. She is troubled by a vast emptiness brought about by Duyên’s marriage. In order to hide from Duyên her real feeling – a kind of love deemed immoral by the Vietnamese society, Cam pretends to be tortured by her love for a man named Tho that Duyên meets soon.
With him, for the first time, Duyên discovers her feminity that had been confined until then within the constraints of traditional morality.
• Fipresci prize Presse Internationale, Mostra Venise – 2009
• Selection World Contemporary Cinema, Toronto – 2009
A co production Feature Films Studio n°1 (Vietnam) and Acrobates Films ( France), with the support of Media Vietnam Corp, Hubert Bals Fund and Fonds Sud Cinema.
Selected at Hong Kong Asian Film Forum-HAF on april 2009.
French distributor Floris Films, theatrical release February 2011.
Duyên : Hai Yen
Câm : Linh Dan Pham
Hai : Duy Khoa
Tho : Jonny Tri Nguyen
Vi : Linh Dung
Hai’s mother : Nhu Quynh
Scriptwriter : Phan Dang Di
Director of photography : Ly Thai Dung
Sound engineer : Arnaud Soulier
Editor : Julie Beziau
Sound editing : Franck Desmoulins
Sound mixing : Roman Dymny
Set designer : Tung La Quy
Music composer : Dai Nguyen Ngoc
Producer Vietnam : Dang Tat Binh
Producer France : Claire-Agnès Queva Lajoumard
Broadcast format : 1:85, 35mm