GenreDrama, Music, Romance ScreenplayTran Anh Hung WriterTran Anh Hung LanguageVietnamese
Release dateJune 8, 1993 CastTran Nu Yên-Khê (Mui Age 20), Man San Lu (Mui Age 10), Thi Loc Truong, Nguyen Anh Hoa, Hoa Hoi Vuong, Ngoc Trung Tran Similar moviesOur Children, Jealousy, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, After You, Facing Windows, I'd Receive the Worst News from Your Beautiful Lips
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The Scent of Green Papaya (Vietnamese: Mùi đu đủ xanh, French: L'Odeur de la papaye verte) is a 1993 Vietnamese-language film produced in France by Lazennec Production, directed by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, and starring Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, and Thi Loc Truong.
The film won the Caméra d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French annual film award ceremony, and was nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Scent of Green Papaya is Tran Anh Hung's first feature film and stars his wife, Tran Nu Yên-Khê. The film is also the director's first collaboration with Vietnamese composer Tôn-Thât Tiêt who would subsequently write the music for two more films: Cyclo and Vertical Ray of the Sun.
Although set in Vietnam, the film was shot entirely on a soundstage in Boulogne, France.
A young girl, Mùi, becomes a servant for a rich family. Mùi is notably peaceful and curious about the world. The family consists of a frequently absent husband, a wife, an older son, two younger sons, and the husband's mother. When the husband leaves for his fourth and final time, he takes all the household's money. He returns ill and passes away shortly after.
Ten years later, the family falls on hard times. Two sons have left and the wife has taken the place of the grandmother upstairs, rarely seen and tragic. Although the wife now realizes she considered Mùi one of her own, Mùi changes homes. She becomes a servant for a pianist who was a friend of the older son when they were younger. That man is engaged to be married, but he prefers playing the piano to spending time with his fiancée. One night, as the fiancée chatters on, his piano playing becomes more and more stormy as he ignores her. When she leaves she watches through the window. As Mùi comes into the room, his music becomes more harmonious. Later that night, the pianist goes to Mùi's quarters after dark and closes the door behind him. When the fiancée learns of this, the engagement is broken. The pianist starts teaching Mùi to read and write as well as to comport herself as a lady. A pregnant Mùi reads poetry to her husband, her unborn child, and the wife of her original household.
Tran Nu Yên-Khê as Mui Age 20 (as Trân Nu Yên-Khê)
Man San Lu as Mui Age 10
Thi Loc Truong as La mère (as Truong Thi Lôc)
Anh Hoa Nguyen as La vieille Ti (as Nguyên 'Anh Hoa)
Hoa Hoi Vuong as Khuyen (as Vuong Hòa Hôi)
Ngoc Trung Tran as Le père
Vantha Talisman as Thu
Keo Souvannavong as Trung
Van Oanh Nguyen as Mr. Thuan
Gerard Neth as Tin
Nhat Do as Lam
Thi Hai Vo as La grand-mère
Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen as Mai
Lam Huy Bui as Le médecin
Xuan Thu Nguyen as L'antiquaire
Xuan Loi Phan as Musiciens
Xuan Dung Phan as Musiciens
Van Chung Le as Musiciens
Tho Phuong as Le coiffeur
Long Chau as Clientes
Thi Van Khanh Truong as Clientes
Hông Hanh Luguern as Clientes
Ba Hang Phan as Le livreur d'eau
Awards and nominations
1993 Cannes Film Festival Award of the Youth French Film (Anh Hung Tran) Won
1993 Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera Award (Anh Hung Tran) Won
1993 Camerimage Golden Frog Award Nomination (Benoît Delhomme)
1994 Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
1994 British Film Institute Award Sutherland Trophy (Anh Hung Tran) Won
1994 César Award for Best First Work (Anh Hung Tran) Won