(France, 1991, 155 minutes)

A wealthy French plantation owner in 1920s colonial Indochina has a torrid affair with an impetuous young Navy officer, only to find her adopted daughter falling in love with him as well. Lush but stilted melodrama that tries too hard to have its cake and eat it too, switching awkwardly between doom-laden colonial romance and political primer on the path to the independence of Vietnam, but nevertheless likely to please fans of the genre.

A Bac Films release. Paradis Films and La Générale d'Images present a Paradis Films/La Générale d'Images/Bac Films/Orly Films/Ciné 5 production, with the participation of Centre National de la Cinématographie, Club des Investisseurs, Canal Plus, Sofica Sofinergie, Sofica Sofinergie 2, Sofica Investimage 3 and Sofica Cofimage 3. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Pérez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne; with Dominique Blanc, Henri Marteau. Directed by Régis Wargnier; produced by Eric Heumann and Jean Labadie; written by Erik Orsenna, Louis Gardel, Catherine Cohen, Regis Wargnier; music by Patrick Doyle; director of photography, François Catonné; production designer, Jacques Bufnoir; costume designers, Gabriella Pescucci, Pierre-Yves Gayraud; film editors, Geneviève Winding, Agnès Schwab.


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