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:: Indochine

Set in the dying days of French colonial rule in Indochina, it is an epic tale (a whopping 2 and a half hours!) of Eliane (Catherine Deneuve) a wealthy French rubber plantation owner, and her adopted Indochinese daughter Camille (Linh Dan Pham). Eliane meets Jean Baptiste (Vincent Perez), a hansom naval officer, and the two have a brief affair. When Jean Baptiste saves the life of Camille, she immediately falls in love with her hero and the two eventually end up in a relationship. Baptiste and Camille shift allegiance to the local rebellion, forcing the couple to go into hiding and seek refuge around the Vietnam archipelago.

Set in French Indochina in the 1930’s it tackles numerous social and political issues of the time. ‘Indochine’ is essentially a love story. At times it stoops into soap-opera style acting with a number of scenes being pretty sappy and somewhat a cringe. The cinematography is very well done. There are many beautiful shots of both landscape and the characters. Directed by Regis Wargnier, it picked up an Academy Award for best foreign film (1993) and a Golden Globe for best foreign film (1993).

French language with English subtitles.

DVD Extras

Main Menu Audio
'Views Of Indochine’ - The making of Indochine