The Third Wife

The Third Wife


A fourteen-year-old in 19th-century, rural Vietnam is forced to marry a wealthy landowner in this award-winning Vietnamese drama.... More

"Mayfair’s dreamlike feminist tale of repressed desire is filled with passion, beauty and melancholy. May (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) is a teenager who, through an arranged marriage, becomes the third wife of prosperous rural landowner Hung. She quickly comes of age, learning what she can about sex, and also about the strict patriarchal hierarchy of her society: a world in which women are scarcely more than property and fulfilment of any kind is fleeting. May soon pins all her hopes on becoming the first of Hung’s wives to bear him a son." (Sydney Film Festival)Hide

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  • An audience-friendly affair which deals with harrowing subject-matter in restrained, tactful and aesthetically entrancing style... Full Review

  • The almost entirely female cast is captivating throughout. Full Review

  • Gently dipping us into the long ago and far away past, Ash Mayfair's directorial debut brings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century. Full Review

  • There is much that is finely wrought here as a tactile slice of women's history told in careful observances, hidden textures and the sights and sounds of nature unbound. Full Review

  • The movie is... trapped in the same claustrophobia it depicts, unsure of how much it can or wants to get away with. Full Review