Filmed entirely on location in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh city, director
Tran Anh Hung (whose first film, L'Odeur de la Papaya Verte, won
several prizes) has created the tale of an 18 year-old-man who
survives in an overcrowded and chaotic city as a bicycle-taxi driver.
With both parents dead, he does his best to improve circumstances for
himself , his 2 sisters, and his grandfather, but once the rented
rickshaw is stolen his troubles loom even larger. In order to pay for
the bike, he becomes involved with the criminal underworld.
The path becomes harder and more destructive, but all is not yet lost. The
nearer the film draws to its close, the more it resembles a surrealistic
nightmare, where the line between reality and dream become
indecipherable. Beautifully and startlingly poetic photography by
Benoit Dehomme. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
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