THE THIRD WIFE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Set in rural Vietnam in the 19th century, the visually sumptuous film begins with stoic 14-year-old May (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) gliding with great fanfare down a river to meet and marry her new husband, Hung (Long Le Vu), a wealthy landowner showing off his prominence and affluence by taking her as his third wife.

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THE THIRD WIFE – Review by Roxana Hadadi

Filmmaker Ash Mayfair’s full-length directorial debut The Third Wife plays out like a tone poem, a portrait of female identity, sexuality, and responsibility in 19th century rural Vietnam. The bamboo groves and floating lotus flowers are lush, the familial relationships between husbands, wives, and children are multifaceted, and there is a simultaneous sense of sensuality and tragedy throughout The Third Wife. A moment of happiness could easily transform into a moment of despair.

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