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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. A wholly enveloping experience. Gentle, ravishingly beautiful and awash in everyday sensuality, it so intoxicates you with the elegance and refinement of its filmmaking that even noticing, let alone caring, whether it has a plot starts to seem beside the point.
  2. It's a simple story with complex reverberations and undercurrents, as secrets keep being revealed.
  3. There are scenes that simply ask the audience to drink in the details, to enjoy the repast, just as much as follow the plot.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Tran's cinematography is delicate yet probing. Faces, especially eyes, tell much of the story.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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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