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Very Complete Story
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written by JMVerville October 20, 2004 - 7:30 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If you are looking for a complete and touching story of Vietnam under colonialism, this would be one of the better films to watch. I found the setting and the portrayal of Viet Nam to be very thought-provoking and historical, and I felt that the roles that the characters played were compelling.

The human story is very complete in its' portrayal, at the end leaving you fulfilled with the time that you have invested. It is quite thought-provoking and emotional, from start to finish.

The evolution of the film and the growth of its' characters left nothing to be desired, and it was definitely well-executed with a historical, haunting background.

Colonial Melodrama
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written by squad July 11, 2004 - 11:53 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
"Indochine" is at once a broad and sweeping melodrama, and also a meditation on change. There is money to be made and power to be gained from the natural resources and lush climate of Southeast Asia. The film includes several classes of opportunists in their struggles to ascend and maintain. Witness here the oft repeated irony of the child who benefiting from the struggles of the parents, goes on to alter the
old order that nurtured them. Change is often turbulent and new solutions bring new problems. That is the flow of things. This film is a visual feast with exaggerated characters, thus melodramatic. Reviewers elsewhere have criticized the always perfect lighting and the unconvincing characterizations, exagerated as they are, but this is history viewed large, a cinematic summation. It's concessions to genre served the acclaim received. An in-depth explanation (and spoiler, read it after viewing) can be found at, http://www.vincentperez.com/nicholls.html. Two more thoughts: 1. The change in the culture of the United States since the 1960s has similarities of new order emerging from the old. 2. Ponder that our industrialized farming is in no small part the result of sons and daughters of farmers who went to University seeking a better way, and subsequently largely ended the family farming system. So the irony is never lost in revolution. New solutions, new problems, and always change. "Indochine" illustrates that beautifully, no matter which end of the change spectrum in which you may find yourself, i.e., a member of the old order, a revolutionary, or most likely a leaf being tossed in the turbulence.

ok, this is no year of living dangerously
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written by CStone June 22, 2004 - 2:59 PM PDT
1 out of 6 members found this review helpful
found it hard to like anyone in this movie and was disappointed in the historical context.

suprised it is not rated higher
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written by MMayer April 5, 2003 - 10:49 AM PST
1 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I really loved this film.

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