FIRST FEATURE AUDIENCE AWARD
96 minutes, Color
Though only 14 years old, May is selected to be the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Her new home feels idyllic, her husband favors her, and she quickly becomes pregnant with what she is certain will be the desired male progeny. But trouble is quietly brewing. May's accelerated journey from childhood to motherhood prompts her to question the supposed natural order of things. May initially seems to be a lucky beneficiary of her patriarchal culture, but time proves that forces such as romantic love, sexual taboo, and female independence will find their expression in even the most repressive of circumstances. Set in late nineteenth-century Vietnam, this jewel-like debut feature from writer-director Ash Mayfair is at once seductive and harrowing, transporting us to a time and place in which women are expected to stifle their longings while performing duties for the men who possess them. —Toronto International Film Festival
In Vietnamese with English subtitles
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