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  • Summary: Set in southern Vietnam, this powerful coming-of-age tale is a richly textured reflection on the rhythms of daily life. The flooded landscape serves as backdrop for the mythic story of a relationship between a father and son, the cycles of life, and the inescapable flow of all things. (MOMA)
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  1. One of the strengths of Mr. Nguyen-Vo's film is that despite the overwhelming physical beauty of the landscape and the simplicity of his characters, he doesn't succumb to such aerated thinking. The world in Buffalo Boy" is filled with wonder, but it is a world also filled with real desire, real death, not abstractions.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Despite the exotic locale, this is a coming-of-age tale that should be familiar to anyone raised on the tales of Jack London or Robert Louis Stevenson.
  3. The elegiac tone here isn't set just by nostalgia for a vanished lifestyle: bereavement, lost love, and the ever present floodwaters add poignancy to the elliptical story, whose characters float in and out unbidden, and sometimes unexplained.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Sports a stronger narrative spine than is usual in Vietnamese rural dramas and a less fragile tone in its deployment of landscape and character.
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  1. MartaB.
    Sep 7, 2006
    9
    A story filled with quiet power, beautifully shot and acted. The images lingered in my mind long after the film ended. Despite the tiny A story filled with quiet power, beautifully shot and acted. The images lingered in my mind long after the film ended. Despite the tiny budget, the execution of the film is so assured, it's hard to believe that this is the director's first film. Hope to see more from him. Expand
  2. TonyT.
    Apr 15, 2006
    9
    This is a best Vietnamese I ever saw. This have brought me back to my country, my youth and it seems like I have found something I had lost This is a best Vietnamese I ever saw. This have brought me back to my country, my youth and it seems like I have found something I had lost for a long time. Expand
  3. MaximilienH.
    Mar 18, 2006
    8
    The person who did the English subtitle should be fired. The most important sentence at the end that sums up the entire story was wrongly translated.
  4. PeggyG.
    Jan 31, 2006
    7
    This movie was excellently done for a first movie for the director/screenwriter. it was'nt boring like most foreign films.