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Adrift

Choi voi
Vietnam, France, 2009
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Scr.: Di Phan Dang
Phot.: Dzung Ly Thai
Editor: Julie Beziau
Music: Ngoc Dai
Cast: Do Thi Hai Yen, Linh-Dan Pham, Johnny Tri Nguyen, Nguyen Duy Khoa
Distributor: Vietnam Media Corps
Format: 35 mm
Color
105 mins

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 the film won the international critics' FIPRESCI Prize.

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