If Saigon were a romantic and enthusiastic young girl, then Can Tho would be a seasoned elderly woman who lives in the countryside. Her stories flow with the Mekong River. Welcome to Can Tho, welcome to the private island called Azerai.
My Can Tho, where I spent many years. The girl filmed it because of the reference to Marguerite Duras' wonderful story, one of my favorite films of all time narrated by the haunting voice of Jean Moreau,The Lover
|The Lover (1992) dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud
writ. Gerard Brach [based on the real life experience of Marguerite Duras] cine. Robert
Fraisse edt. Noelle Boisson music Gabriel Yared art/design Thang At Hoang
costumes Yvonne Sassinot De Nesle |
star. Jane March (French girl), Tony Leung (Chinaman), Frederique Meininger (mother), Arnaud Giovainetti (older brother), Melvil Poupaud (younger brother), Lisa Faulkner (Helene), Xem Mang (Chinaman's father)
Jean Moreau (narrator)
RENN/BURRILL/A 2 co-production
MGM Avant-Garde Cinema 115 mins
Vietnam Mon Amour
Ladies... you know you had another life, one in which romance and desperation were your fate. You're 15, almost 16, a loner in a lonely land. You're on a small ferry, just about to cross the turbid waters of the Mekong... yes, you're in Vietnam, French Vietnam, back before the colonial dream all went to hell. You're leaning on the rail, one foot hooked on the scupper, a girl dreaming of being a woman. As the peasants swarm aboard with their bicycles, carts and livestock, a large black Citroen C 6 limo eases itself slowly onto the deck. Already you're being observed by its hidden occupant.
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