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  • Summary: On the anniversary of their mother's death, three sisters in contemporary Hanoi meet to prepare a memorial banquet. After the banquet, the calm exteriors of the sisters' lives begin to give way to more turbulent truths. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Vertical Ray slows our rhythms and heightens our senses: it's a shimmering, tactile experience.
  2. It's a simple story with complex reverberations and undercurrents, as secrets keep being revealed.
  3. 80
    It's a bewildering but deeply satisfying paradox, this constant, nearly silent collision in Tran's films of the visible world and the turbulent, unseen world.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Made of a serene dynamite that's all but unknown to American film audiences.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Few filmmakers of the past 20 years have mesmerized as much in their use of crisp, color-drenched photography.
  6. An oblique, vaguely sorrowful study in domestic emotion, structured around the small eruptions of feeling -- tenderness, anger, and joy -- that punctuate the slow serenity of daily life.
  7. Story is fairly conventional and not especially well told, though as usual Tran's images are so sensual and beautiful that I was rarely bored or frustrated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. MildaM
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    Marvelous!!!!

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