Filmmaker based in the UK.
An exciting new voice in cinema. This film not only puts the spotlight on a massively underrepresented presence in film, the older African woman, but does so in an innovative, optimistic way. I could see little glimmers of the director's inspirations but they ultimately did not interfere with my reading of this as a new film language.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Originally posted on my old blog, Celluloid Breakfast: celluloidbreakfast.blogspot.com/
Duyen (the radiant Lê Vân) is a young mother in post-war Vietnam, struggling to cope with the mounting grief and responsibility surrounding the death of her husband. In trying to disguise the tragic news from her son and bedridden father-in-law, she ends up calling upon the help of Zhang, a local schoolteacher, who forges a series of letters from the husband to prolong this façade. Their close collaboration leads to forbidden…