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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmBFF '19: The Third Wife

Showing: 16 April 2019

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CertificateNot Rated
Year2018
GenreDrama
DirectorAsh Mayfair
LanguageVietnamese
CountryVietnam
Running Time1HR 36MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled / 18+
SeasonBelfast Film Festival 2019

A 14-year-old girl struggles with family politics, her own agency, and the prospect of motherhood after she becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner, in 19th century rural Vietnam.

Her new home seems idyllic, but trouble is quietly brewing: she witnesses a forbidden tryst that will spark a chain reaction of misfortunes — and stir in May urges that until now had been dormant.

Her accelerated journey from childhood to motherhood will prompt her to question the supposed natural order of things. And even though May initially looks to be a lucky beneficiary of her patriarchal culture, time will prove that forces such as romantic love, sexual taboo, and female independence will find their expression in even the most repressive of circumstances.