The Third Wife (2019)

  • 2019
  • Narrative feature
  • 1h 37m

Writer-director Ash Mayfair’s evocative debut brings to life both the beauty and oppression of family life in 19th century Vietnam.

Fourteen-year-old May (Nguyen Phuong Tra My in her first-ever acting role) arrives at a silk farm in 19th century rural Vietnam to begin her new life. As the third wife of a wealthy landowner, May must navigate new relationships with her husband and his two established wives, discovering in the process that no matter her efforts to achieve status within the family, love and freedom will not come easily.

Vietnam-born and -raised Mayfair penned the screenplay from stories passed down through generations of her family, and further honed her story through a host of workshops including Spike Lee’s Production Fund. Lush cinematography and finely detailed production design combine to weave The Third Wife into a “quietly devastating tapestry” (Screen Daily) of female agency in Vietnam’s not-too-distant past.

Director

Ash Mayfair

Language

Vietnamese

Subtitles

English

Country

Vietnam

Studio

Potential Films

You may also like

Beau Travail (1999)
  • 1999
  • Narrative feature, Cinema 3 exclusive
  • 1h 33m
The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
  • 2011
  • Narrative feature, ACMI encore
  • 1h 38m
ACMI acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or text.