Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: July 6, 2001
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Universal acclaim based on 15 Ratings
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MildaMDec 7, 2005
Marvelous!!!!
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DanaB.Jul 31, 2001
Languid, beautiful and understated. Also, rent "The Scent of Green Papaya" if you haven't seen that yet (same director).
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RienB.Aug 4, 2002
These moments are those I wake up from the a beautiful dream strung into a film. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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JenniferS.Aug 25, 2001
Sublimated sensuality at it's best!
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ChadS.Aug 5, 2004
"The Vertical Ray of the Sun" is most successful when the camera follows Lien(Tran Nu Yen-Khe) and her brother Hai(Ngo Quang Hai). Their chummy relationship pushes the beautiful cinematography to a subordinate role, since an engaging story "The Vertical Ray of the Sun" is most successful when the camera follows Lien(Tran Nu Yen-Khe) and her brother Hai(Ngo Quang Hai). Their chummy relationship pushes the beautiful cinematography to a subordinate role, since an engaging story isn't always a consistent when the film explores the lives of Lien's two older sisters. Since the film is democratic in distributing screen time, this possible incestuous relationship isn't resolved in a satisfying manner. To save time, Lien just dates other men, because writer/director Anh Hung Tran hides the open ending to this strange relationship. Tran goes for a big comic moment to qualify Lien's indoctrination into a well-adjusted life, but it feels forced. A girl that's inexperienced with the opposite sex is acceptable, however, Lien's utter naivety about menstural matters is hard to swallow, since she has two close sisters and a deceased mother. "The Vertical Ray of the Sun" has a more ambitious story than "The Scent of the Green Papaya", which could be a problem if your bread and butter is atmosphere and stunning photography. Expand
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JudyR.Jul 17, 2001
A beautifully shot, sensually flowing film.
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B.R.S.Sep 17, 2001
Simply superb. I've seen it twice, and will see it again. Not only beautiful to look at, but the issues raised are universal-- life doesn't always turn out how you imagine it will.
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