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Drama - Completed 2010

The film underscores the beauty of youthful emotional instincts unadulterated by the demands and calculations of life; conveys a message that children have the right to be loved and cared especially those disadvantaged by social circumstances.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Giang PHAM NHUE
    • Writer(s)
    • Giang PHAM NHUE
    • Producer(s)
    • Giang PHAM NHUE (Vietnam Feature Film Studio)
    • Synopsis
    • At 9 years of age, Thu lives a strenuous life with her mother, Lan. Thu often wakes up very early in the morning to go to Long Bien market to buy fruits with her mother. Lan scrambles for loans at high interest to stay in business but her earnings aren’t enough to pay back the interest. Lonely and struggling, Lan has an affair with a married scooter-taxi driver despite knowing that she can never rely on him nor trust him..
      Thu, neglected by her mother, is an independent girl. At school, Thu’s best friend is Dang, a young boy living with his grandmother. Dang’s mother passed away during his infancy and his father has remarried. He lacks self confidence and longs for maternal love and care.
      Thu’s maternal instincts make her protective of Dang as she seeks to compensate for his lack of affection. Taking on the role of a “little mother,” Thu provides Dang with a point of reference. However, Dang finds it difficult to accept his friend’s motherly aspirations as she lacks Lan’s shroud of mystery. While Thu understands and tolerate her mother’s excesses and delusions, Lan’s contradictions and shortcomings fill Dang with confusion, astonishment and wonder.
      Lan gambles to her last penny in the vain hope of paying all her debt. She embarks on risky undertakings and an unfortunate accident leaves her bruised and unable to come home. Left on her own, Thu is disillusioned as the bond that held her to her mother is shattered. She no longer has the desire nor the will to continue being a maternal figure for Dang. Losing his moral support, Dang finds the courage he never previously had to dive into the river. As Thu jumps to his rescue, they both are swept away by the current. Pulled out of the water by a fisherman, their recovery from peril comes with a shared dream—that of a beautiful life with a motherly love they never had and so desire.