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  • Drama
  • 1994
  • Pauline Chan
  • 98 mins

Summary

The year is 1950 and an English couple, Louise and Michael, have arrived in French-occupied Indochina to cover a story on a French-owned rubber plantation. They are to be the guests of the enigmatic plantation overseer, Daniel, and his beautiful yet difficult daughter Viola, at their elegant, decaying villa amid a tropical jungle. Michael and Louise hope that some time spent working in an exotic location will help reignite the passion in their floundering marriage. Instead they become unwittingly involved in the personal, sexual and political tensions of their hosts. Daniel is desperate to hold onto a way of life no longer possible in a country struggling for independence, bringing him into conflict with not only his daughter but also with his adopted country.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Actress Pauline Chan adapts Kate Grenville's novel Dreamhouse, changing the Tuscan setting to Vietnam in the 1950s. The disturbances in the nation become a metaphor for the disintegrating marriage of visiting photographer Saskia Reeves, and her journalist husband Robert Reynolds. He refuses to see the country's unrest but Reeves picks up on the volatile political situation, as communist guerrillas protest against French occupation. Their complicated relationship with plantation owner Sami Frey and his daughter brings matters to head. Reeves, as ever, is excellent though the film loses its way at the end.

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Credits

Cast

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Louise DuffieldSaskia Reeves
Michael DuffieldRobert Reynolds
Daniel RenouardSami Frey
Viola RenouardJacqueline McKenzie
TuanKiet Lam

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DirectorPauline Chan

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Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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