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(aka "Adrift" )

 

directed by Bui Thac Chuyen
Vietnam 2009

 

Newly married Duyen (Do Thi Hai Yen, THE QUIET AMERICAN), a museum guide, is disappointed to find herself neglected by her cab driver husband Hai (Duy Khoa Nguyen), who is more interested in his job, his buddies, and his controlling mother (he is literally too tired at the end of the day to consummate his marriage, and his mother seems fine with that). She confides her concerns to sickly writer friend - "I'm into funerals, not weddings" - Cam (Linh Dan Pham, INDOCHINE), who secretly desires Duyen yet introduces her to handsome travel guide Tho (stuntman/actor Johnny Nguyen, CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE) with whom Duyen begins an affair. Meanwhile, Hai develops a non-sexual relationship with his neighbor's young daughter. After an ill-advised vacation trip with Tho has tragic consequences, will their be anything left of Duyen and Hai's relationship to salvage? Despite the sexual tension between Cam and Duyen, and the advertising, ADRIFT (CHOI VOI) is not a provocative film about lesbianism in Vietnam, or an erotic drama in general; it is instead an exploration of loneliness and exploration. The inexperienced Duyen and Hai do not despise each other; the young pair have no idea how to live with each other as a couple - especially with his mother around, and Duyen's memories of her grandparents' unhappy marriage - and look to others for experience and exploration (Hai's relationship with the neighbors' daughter seems like it would be an ideal version of the couple's marriage without sexual tension). The delicate scoring and gorgeous, minimalist cinematography suit are wonderfully suited to the film's sparse writing and characterization.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 9 February 2011 (France)

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DVD Review: The Global Film Iniative (The Global Lens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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The Global Film Iniative

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:40
Video

2:00:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Vietnamese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: The Global Film Iniative

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2:00:1

Edition Details:
• Globel Lens Trailer
• PDF Film Discussion Guide
• About The Global Film Initiative

DVD Release Date: 31 January 2012
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

The Global Film Initiative's disc features an interlaced, anamorphic, single-layer transfer framed at 2:1 (the film was shot with a Red One camera, and 2:1 was the first aspect ratio supported by the camera).

English subtitles are burnt-in and error-free, but sometimes difficult to read against light backgrounds (yellow subtitles - or optional subtitles - might have been a better choice in this case). 2.0 stereo audio is the only option, and the film's mix is largely restrained; however, some scenes seem to call for surround treatment (like the sinisterly-scored sex scene between Duyen and Tho late in the film). There are no film-centric extras on the disc, but there is a PDF film discussion guide that

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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