- Original title
- Running time
- 155 min.
Catherine Cohen, Louis Gardel, Erik Orsenna, Régis Wargnier
Linh Dan Pham,
Thibault de Montalembert,
Paradis Films / La Générale d'Images / Bac Films / Orly Films / Centre National de la Cinématographie
Drama. Romance | 1930s. Colonialism. Romantic Drama
- Synopsis / Plot
- Regis Wargnier's epic about French Indochina -- from the years of French colonial imperialism to the days when American presence made itself felt and the country became known as Vietnam -- is a story of romance and separation told through the backdrop of a country in turmoil. The film centers on the relationship of the beautiful and imperious Eliane (Catherine Deneuve), a French rubber-plantation owner, and Camille (Linh Dan Pham), her adopted Indochinese daughter. The mother and daughter are very close until a diffident naval officer, Jean-Baptiste (Vincent Perez) enters their lives. Eliane is in love with him, but Jean-Baptiste and Camille become attracted to each other and fall in love. Thinking that she is doing Camille a favor, Eliane arranges to have Jean-Baptiste transferred to the far-away Tonkin Islands. But Camille flees the plantation to go to the man she loves. As she travels the country, she gains a greater knowledge and respect for the people of her homeland. When the government tears her from Jean-Baptiste and their infant child and arrests her for crimes against the state, she becomes politicized and becomes a supporter of the communists in the country's civil war. As the country rocks in turmoil, Eliane becomes a personification of France, coolly walking amid her peasant workers, neither bowed nor afraid, grimly looking westward. (Paul Brenner: All Movie Guide)
: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture. 2 Nominations
: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
: César Awards. 5 Awards. 12 Nominations
: Goya: Best European Movie
: National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Picture
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
- Critics' reviews
"Catherine Deneuve reigns in 'Indochine'. (...) The subject is potentially rich, but the screenplay, whomped up by three screenwriters in collaboration with Regis Wargnier, the director, has neither the conviction of fact, the sense of revelation found in good fiction, nor the fun of trashy literature.
Vincent Canby: The New York Times
"A riveting romantic saga, thanks to Catherine Deneuve's classy performance, a sizzling story line and eye-catching locales in Vietnam."
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