The Love Market

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Le Marché de l'amour

The Love Market

by Philippe Rostan

Vietnam, France


Le Marché de l'amour

Director: Philippe Rostan

Authors: Philippe Rostan, Brigitte Peskine

Cinematographer: Wilfrid Sempé, Charles Rostan

Editing: Nguyen Minh-Tam

Sound: Xavier Piroëlle

Sound Mix: Bruno Tarrière

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Philippe Rostan

Year: 2009

Beta Num, Colour, 56 min, French Version

One day every year, boys and girls from the “H’mongs’ ethnical minorities run down the surrounding hills in small groups towards the market. Wearing their best clothes, they start this unique day with dances and songs as stratagems of seduction and will carry on until late night, when newly formed couples will slowly disperse. But this exceptional day of ‘courtship’ is not for bachelors only: married men and women tacitly also regain freedom, for the time of a brief affair, with no consequence or future…

Finally, those who were separated by arranged marriages are allowed to join and, for a few hours, meet their first love again. These ancestral societies are not ruled by the same codes as our so called civilized ones. This unique tradition of its kind might one day disappear.

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