Reel Representation: Diversity in Film
The Third Wife
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In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between. Winner of prizes at the Toronto, San Sebastian, and Chicago International Film Festivals, this sensuously elegant drama is a lush, assured, and poetic debut feature.
Vietnam, 2018, 96 minutes, Not Rated, In Vietnamese with English Subtitles, Directed by Ash Mayfair
“Remarkable…gorgeously intimate (and) evocative…a balance between compassion and restraint that most filmmakers take decades to achieve.”– Jessica Kiang, VARIETY