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ADRIFT

Vietnam, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Bui Thac Chuyen

“A subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening.” - New York Times

In steamy, rain-sodden Hanoi, a bride spends her wedding night waiting by the bed for her husband, as he drinks himself unconscious downstairs. So begins a marriage destined to be unfulfilled.

As the weeks pass her husband still seems disinterested in physical passion, yet the young bride finds she has no shortage of alternative suitors - with even her best friend secretly desiring her.

Challenging the taboos of traditional Vietnamese cinema, the complexities of life and lust take centre stage in the gorgeously shot Adrift, as a complex web of relationships are woven one upon the another.

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

D Bui Thac Chuyen P Dang Tat Binh, Claire Lajournard S Phan Dang Di WS Vietnam Media Corp. BHD Co., Ltd L Vietnamese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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