The Scent Of Green Papaya (Mui du du xanh – L’Odeur de la Papaye Verte)


(out of 5)

The first and so far only film from Vietnam to be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign-Language film. A young girl grows up working in the kitchen of a famous composer, later adds becoming his lover to her list of duties around the house. Most of the film is spent in the kitchen as she and the rest of the kitchen staff come up with deliciously exotic meals that even just watching on screen you would swear you could actually smell. Don’t expect the zest of Like Water For Chocolate, for Papaya is a slow, methodical film with very little plot that mostly overcomes you with its strong imagery. The reactions of your senses will stay with you for a long time.

Les Productions Lazennec, La SFP Cinema, La Sept Cinéma, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Procirep, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Sacem

Vietnam/France, 1993

Directed by

Screenplay by Tran Anh Hung

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1993

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