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Indochine (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 23 December 1992 (USA)
Eliane adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Eliane (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There's an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power.

Director:

Régis Wargnier

Writers:

Erik Orsenna (original scenario & adaptation and dialogue), Louis Gardel (original scenario & adaptation and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Éliane
Vincent Perez ... Jean-Baptiste
Linh Dan Pham ... Camille
Jean Yanne ... Guy
Dominique Blanc ... Yvette
Henri Marteau Henri Marteau ... Émile
Carlo Brandt ... Castellani
Gérard Lartigau Gérard Lartigau ... L'Admiral
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... Raymond (as Hubert Saint Macary)
Andrzej Seweryn ... Hebrard
Mai Chau Mai Chau ... Shen
Alain Fromager Alain Fromager ... Dominique
Chu Hung Chu Hung ... Mari de Sao
Jean-Baptiste Huynh Jean-Baptiste Huynh ... Étienne, adulte
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Charles-Henri (as Thibault De Montalembert)
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Storyline

This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was her own daughter. She, and her daughter both fall in love with a young French navy officer, which will change both their lives significantly.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and drug related scenes | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Vietnamese

Release Date:

23 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indochine See more »

Filming Locations:

Halong Bay, Vietnam See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,603,158

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,603,158
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

France's official submission to the 1993's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

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When Eliane and Camille embrace at the prison, Camille's hands change position between shots. See more »

Quotes

Eliane: And I didn't know... I hadn't wanted to see, that she was in love, the way one loves the first time. Nothing would stop her.
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Connections

References Lilac (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

La Baya
Lyrics by Marcel Heurtebise (as M. Heurtebise)
Music by Henri Christiné
Performed by Dominique Blanc
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Third time to watch it, I still cried for 15 minutes
17 August 2000 | by westpenn49See all my reviews

OK let's get it out of the way up front, Eliane IS France, Camille IS Vietnam the story is their story. Of course it is told from the French viewpoint, France is telling the story about her child growing up. It is a sad story, the French lost. It was not a happy story for the Vietnamese they had to fight for 2 more years to be reunited and struggle for 15 more to start to come out of the whole process. That said this is one of the most beautiful movies ever made, period.

The intricate ballet of personal dealings and politics is carried out so well that one can easily get lost in the levels, just as one can get lost in the intricate dance that is life in Asia. What you see is what you see, it may be more or less depending.

I do not believe that the movie defends France not does it condemn her. That part of the story is wisely left alone, what remains is a human drama of the folly of resisting the inevitability of change. As the film unfolds the sheer weight of history comes down on all involved.

It is that weight that brings the tears. From the time that Jean-Baptiste is brought to Saigon to the closing credits, there is no escape for anyone. The old order is out the new is awaiting its time of entry upon the stage. It is a time for tears, a time to mourn and ultimately a time to heal.

Americans in particular have a funny sense of history. We forget that others have been down the same roads before us. France's relationship with vietnam was most likely more of a force in the history of its people than ours with all of our napalm will ever be, because the French left a legacy of life that could be seen even in the senslessness of the American presence.

This movie captures that relationship and transcends it. Masterpiece is the lest one can say about such a work.


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