MOON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
Vietnam / 2008 / Vietnamese dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 121 minutes

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Feature /Best Actress: Hong Anh (Actor / Actress)

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Synopsis

Hanh is a dutiful wife and school teacher in a rural Vietnamese village, who appears to enjoy a happy marriage. Childless, and despairing of ever giving birth, she insists her husband Phoung, the local school headmaster, take a second wife, to bear him a baby. But in the small village, their secret is impossible to keep for long, and in the ensuing scandal, she and Phuong separate. Following the breakdown of the marriage, we watch as Hanh loses grip of reality and begins to question the very fundamentals of her life. Through a friend, she meets a spiritual guide, in the guise of an enigmatic fortune-teller, who sets about transforming the beleaguered Hanh's life. Through luscious cinematography and evocative, quasi-magical scenes, director Vinh Son Nguyen takes us on Hanh's journey, dealing with her spiritual awakening and re-birth.

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