BFF: Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

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Sat 30 Dec 1899

CertificateNot Rated
Year2023
GenreDrama
Director(s)Thien An Pham
Writer(s)Thien An Pham
Language Vietnamese, English
CountryVietnam, France, Singapore, Spain
Running Time3HR 2MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles, Recommended 18+
SeasonBelfast Film Festival

“I cannot exist simultaneously in the light and in the dark,” says a character in Thien An Pham’s mesmerising debut, which won the coveted Camera d’Or in Cannes.

But in a darkened cinema, when being under a projector beam feels more like being under a spell, you absolutely can.

After a freak lethal motorcycle accident that Thien (Lê Phong Vu) witnesses without knowing who was involved (an example of the film’s superb long-take approach where the cutting is slow but every frame packed with incident) he discovers the victim was his sister-in-law. 

Thien now must take her body and her surviving five-year-old son to their countryside hometown. During his meditative, wandering visit, Thien wrestles with his own agnosticism in the face of others’ religious beliefs, summons memories of his long-disappeared brother, and reconnects with a former girlfriend who now lives as a nun at a Christian church and school.

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CertificateNot Rated
Year2023
GenreDrama
Director(s)Thien An Pham
Writer(s)Thien An Pham
Language Vietnamese, English
CountryVietnam, France, Singapore, Spain
Running Time3HR 2MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles, Recommended 18+
SeasonBelfast Film Festival
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