Inspired by stories from her own ancestors, Vietnamese writer-director Ash Mayfair’s debut feature is a beautifully realised tale of tradition and the search for identity in rural 19th century Vietnam. Nguyen Phuong Tra My, who was discovered following a nationwide casting call, stars as 14-year-old May, who is married off to a wealthy landowner, Hung (Le Vu Long). As his third wife, May initially struggles to navigate the pecking order in her husband’s hierarchical household. Where does she rank between his two other wives, Ha (Tran Nu Yen Khe) and Xuan (Mai Thu Huong Maya), Hung’s parents, or his three children?
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