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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

The Scent of Green Papaya

The Scent of Green Papaya, known in French as L?odeur de la Papaye Verte, and in Vietnamese as Mui Du Du Xanh, tells the 1940?s story of a young orphan girl named Mui, who goes to work as a domestic servant in the troubled household of merchant family. The day-to-day activities are seen in minute detail through the eyes of Mui, and over time, the child becomes like a daughter. But when the family falls upon hard times, Mui is sent to work in the home of a successful and sophisticated musician who was once the childhood playmate of her former employer?s son. Now grown into a stunning young woman, it is only a matter of time before her new employer recognizes the beauty before him. The Scent of Green Papaya was directed by Anh Hung Tran, whose other films include Cyclo (Xich Lo, 1995) and Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mua He Chieu Thang Dung, 2000). The film stars Tran Nu Yen-Khe, born in 1968 in Anxiuan, Vietnam, who also starred in Cyclo (Xich Lo, 1995) and Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mua He Chieu Thang Dung, 2000).

I?ve already seen The Scent of Green Papaya, but can?t wait to watch it again, especially over a fabulous Vietnamese dinner.