The Third Wife
SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019
WINNER: NETPAC AWARD, TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL 2018
May (Nguyễn Phương Trành My) is a teenager who, through an arranged marriage, becomes the third wife of prosperous rural landowner Hung. She quickly comes of age, learning what she can about sex, the strict patriarchal hierarchy of her society and ultimately pins all her hopes on becoming the first of Hung’s wives to bear him a son.
Writer/director Mayfair based this feminist tale in part on her own family history, recruiting a splendid cast including the great Trần Nữ Yên Khê (The Scent of Green Papaya). With ravishing cinematography The Third Wife brings the pastoral setting to life with a mix of lyricism and bracing immediacy.
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