The Third Wife

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Vietnam | 2018 | 96 minutes | Ash Mayfair

Opens July 26, 2019

May, a 14-year-old girl in 19th-century Vietnam enters a dysfunctional polygamous marriage to an older wealthy landlord who demands a male heir in this beautiful, sensuously shot tale that interrogates the patriarchal practices of both May's time and our own.

When 14-year-old May (Nguyễn Phương Trà My) is betrothed to Hung (Vũ Long), the child bride awakens not only to the complex truths of sexuality, but also to the dynamics at play between her and Hung's other wives. After covertly witnessing a tryst between Hung's son (Nguyễn Như Quỳnh Lê) and Hung's second wife Xuan (Mai Thu Hường), May finds herself exploring her own budding desires, despite having few options available to express those yearnings, given the confined strictures of her circumstances. The Third Wife deftly interrogates the patriarchal practices of both May's time and our own, presenting us with a heroine who courageously pushes against the limitations placed upon her.

  • Original Language Title: Phuong Anh Nguyen
  • Director: Ash Mayfair
  • Principal Cast: Trần Nữ Yên Khê, Mai Thu Hường, Nguyễn Phương Trà My, Nguyễn Như Quỳnh Lê, Vũ Long
  • Country: Vietnam
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Ash Mayfair, Thi Bich Ngoc Tran
  • Screenplay: Ash Mayfair
  • Cinematographers: Chananun Chotrungroj
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Rating: R