The Third Wife

Directed by Ash Mayfair
Vietnam
96 minutes
15+
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Set in late 19th century Vietnam, Ash Mayfair’s exquisite feature debut focuses on a teenager in an arranged marriage, who learns quickly about her world’s suffocating patriarchy.

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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Debut director Ash Mayfair delivers a gorgeously intimate, evocative, and melancholy story of female subjugation in 19th-century Vietnam.
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Sat 3 August
2pm
Greater Union Cinemas Wollongong
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Classification
15+
Country
Vietnam
Language
In Vietnamese with English subtitles
Director
Ash Mayfair
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