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Le Temps révolu

A Time Far Past

(Thoi xa vang)

by Ho Quang Minh



Le Temps révolu

Director: Ho Quang Minh

Script: Ho Quang  Minh

Cinematographer: Tran Hung

Editing: Fabrice Salinié

Art Director: Nguyen Nguyen Vu

Costumes: Dang Thi Tinh

Sound: Hoang Anh, Didier Lozahic

Music: Dang Huu Phuc

Cast: Ho Phuong Dung, Ngô The Quân, Nguyen Van Minh, Nguyen Thi Huyen

Solimane Productions
5 passage Piver
75011 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2004

35 mm, Colour, 109 min
OV Vietnamese with French Subtitles

French Premiere

Sai is only twelve years old when his family marries him to Tuyet, an eighteen-year old uneducated girl. The two families are very different. From Tuyet’s side every one has welcomed the French presence whereas Sai’s family belongs to the educated revolutionary vietminh people. Young Sai prefers to spend his time playing at soldiers, doing his home work or meeting his old friend Kien on his raft, rather than stay with his wife. War is about to end. His elder brother Tinh and his uncle Ha have important positions within the party organisation. They take a dim view of the dissension within Sai’s marriage and force him to promise "to love his wife". At the age of 18, Sai falls in love with Huong, a class-mate. Their mutual love is impossible and Sai has to enrol in the army. He keeps dreaming about this impossible love with Huang. His superiors interfere to separate the two lovers and bring the legitimate couple together. Tuyet is now pregnant, Huang is hurt and gets married, Sai’s superiors refuse him his admission to the Party, and his old friend Kien has passed away ... Sai is sent to the south front.


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