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Drama - Post-Production 2008

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Di PHAN DANG
    • Writer(s)
    • Di PHAN DANG
    • Producer(s)
    • Mai NGUYEN THI BAO (Vietnam Media Corp.), Di PHAN DANG
    • Synopsis
    • Six-year-old Bi lives with his parents, his aunt and a maid in an old house Hanoi. His parents’ relationship is getting worse. His 30 year-old aunt, a high school teacher, lives very reservedly and never touches a man. Bi always plays by himself under the observation of the maid. His favorite place is an ice cube factory.
      His grandfather, a retired diplomat, comes home with a serious disease after many years of being away. At first, Bi is scared by the strange grandfather, but later his curiosity brings him closer to his grandfather. Paralyzed, the grandfather passes time asking Bi about many kinds of leaves that he has collected during his journeys. Bi has long adventures searching for his own leaves to ask the grandfather about.
      The father is afraid of the grandfather and often gets drunk. He thirsts for making love with his masseuse. His wife senses his desire but tolerates the situation. She comes to the grandfather and he tells her to free herself from her husband.
      The aunt meets a 16 year-old student on a bus to her school. She desires him, lives in illusion and use ice cubes to masturbate.
      The old maid patiently takes care of the grandfather everyday. However, she always expresses her objection to his leaving the family for his dreams when he was young.
      On a hot summer night, the lights and the water go out all over the city. The father gathers all bottles of water that he hasn’t drunk during his massage for the masseuse to take a bath. When he comes home, he takes a bath in a candle lighted bathroom prepared by his wife then makes love to her. He complains about the heat and makes a joke that if his father dies, they may have to put him among ice cubes. Bi imagines his grandfather lying on a big ice cube running along the assembly line in the factory and he can’t touch him.
      The student’s moving to another school drives the aunt to despair. The grandfather dies. His funeral is in a hot afternoon and everybody drinks lots of cold water.
      One year later, the mother takes Bi to the grandfather’s grave. The mother cries loudly. Bi sees a grasshopper in the grass. It takes off, showing its red-green layers of wing...
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2009