Film Reviews, News & Competitions

 
 


The Third Wife

 
 
Film Information
 

Plot: Fourteen-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage to an older man. When she starts to develop an attraction for the second wife she must either carry on in silence or forge find her own path to freedom.
Release Date: 19th August.
Format: Duel format Blu-Ray & DVD.
Director(s): Ash Mayfair.
Cast: Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Nguyen Thanh Tam, Lam Thanh My.
BBFC Certificate: 15.
Running Time: 92 mins.
Country Of Origin: Vietnam.
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles (optional).
Review By: Paula Hammond
Genre:
 
Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
3/ 5


 

Bottom Line


A beautiful film, but a tough watching experience.


0
Posted August 14, 2019 by

 
Film Review
 
 

Inspired by the history of director Ash Mayfair’s family, The Third Wife is a coming-of-age story in a time when women were rarely given a voice. 

Set in late 19th Century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage to an older man. May learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child. This becomes a real possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May starts to develop an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. She must either carry on in silence or forge find her own path. 

There’s here’s no doubt that The Third Wife has a story to tell, and it does so in a way that evokes the beauty and poise of classics such as The Last Emperor. However, this is a film that will divide its audiences. Many will see it a powerful tale of freedom and choice. Others will see story of child-marriage, oppression, and abuse, wrapped up in pretty set pieces. 

The truth is, the past is rarely palatable, and these stories do need to be told. The question, is whether it’s better to tell them as The Third Wife does—as a sensuous and seductive costume drama. Or accept that what we’re seeing—particularly the young girl’s ‘wedding night’—may be important, but it’s not especially entertaining, despite the guile and beauty of the production.

A beautiful film, but a tough watching experience.


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com


0 Comments



Be the first to comment!


You must log in to post a comment