Film title: When the Tenth Month Comes (1984)
Subtitles: English, French, German
Directed by: Dang Nhat Minh
Running time: 90 mins
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A haunting portrait of one woman’s struggle with loss and personal sacrifice during the war, WHEN THE TENTH MONTH COMES is considered by many local and international critics to be the greatest Vietnamese movie ever made.
In the final days of the war, a beautiful young widow, Duyen, faces a daily struggle to take care of her young son and ailing father-in-law, all the while hiding from them the fact that her husband has recently been killed in battle. Keeping her secret burden to herself, she is befriended by the village schoolmaster, Zhang, who agrees to fabricate letters from her dead husband in order to spare her family sorrow. As their friendship deepens, Duyen and Zhang find themselves drawn closer to intimacy – a dangerous relationship if Duyen if to maintain her charade. The title of the movie refers to the month in which the “Day of Forgiveness” occurs; a time when it is said that departed souls may visit loved ones still living.
The film resonates beautifully with the traditional Vietnamese precepts of duty and sacrifice, combined with aesthetic influences from centuries of tradional poetry, literature and theatre.
Although this was the first post-war Vietnamese movie to be shown at foreign film festivals (winning several awards), the film has seldom been shown in Vietnam since it was produced in 1984. The movie was recently restored, with English subtitles, and we will be screening this brand new copy.
|Produced by Vietnam Feature Film Studio|
|Director:||Dang Nhat Minh|
|Screenplay:||Dang Nhat Minh|
|Camera:||Nguyen Manh Lam|
Nguyen Huu Muoi
Lai Phu Cuong
Le Tien Tho
Image stills from film
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