The Third Wife

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.

"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)

Winner of the NETPAC Award (Mayfair), 2018 Toronto International Film Festival
2019Rating: MA15+, Strong themes and sex scenes96 minsVietnamVietnamese with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
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Variety

Variety

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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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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The almost entirely female cast is captivating throughout.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The almost entirely female cast is captivating throughout.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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