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by Bui Thac Chuyen


Duyên, has just got married to Hai – a young man who is still very innocent. She thought she was happy, but the shared life of the young couple is soon dotted with flickers of emptiness. They don’t make love like other couples. They are just like two good friends. Duyên has a girlfriend—Ca, a writer. Cam is older and silently in love with Duyen. She is troubled by a vast emptiness brought about by Duyên’s marriage. In order to hide from Duyên her real feeling—a kind of love deemed immoral by the Vietnamese society, Cam pretends to be tortured by her love for a man named Tho that Duyen meets soon. With him, for the first time, Duyên discovers her femininity that had been confined until then within the constraints of traditional morality.

international title: Adrift
original title: Choi voi
country: Viet Nam, France
sales agent: Vietnam Media Corp
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Bui Thac Chuyen
film run: 110'
release date: GB 17/11/2010, FR 09/02/2011
screenplay: Di Phan Dang
cast: Hai Yen, Linh-Dan Pham, Duy Khoa, Jonny Tri Nguyen, Linh Dung, Nhu Quynh
cinematography by: Ly Thai Dung
film editing: Julie Béziau
production: Acrobates Films, Feature Films Studio n°1 (VN)
backing: Media Vietnam Corp, Hubert Bals Fund, Fonds Sud Cinema, Hong Kong Asian Film Forum-HAF
distributor: Revolver Entertainment, Floris Films


main awards/selection

Venice 2009 FIPRESCI Award
Toronto Film Festival 2009 

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