Archive of films The Season of Guavas / Mua oi

2000, 100 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2001


50-year-old Hoa’s mental development came to an end when, as a child, he fell from the guava tree that grew in front of his house. Since then he has lived in a world of childhood memories. After the war in Vietnam their house with the guava tree is confiscated by the new government, his parents are dead, his brother lives abroad and his sister is left to take care of a mentally disabled man. But Hoa doesn’t realise all that’s changed in his life. On a walk during which they pass their former house, Hoa climbs over a fence to pick a couple of guavas. The police, who have been called about the disturbance, release him only when a girl who now lives in the house intervenes; she then even invites Hoa to stay. The girl’s father soon learns of his presence, and suggests that Hoa be placed in a psychiatric institution. Director Dang Nhat Minh uses the memories of a man who can’t grow up to reflect upon a land which still has difficulty in reconciling itself to the past and in finding a direction towards the future.

About the director

Dang Nhat Minh (b. 1938, Hue) started out as a maker of documentaries. His feature The Return (Tro Ve) tells of refugees who come back to Saigon after many years, only to be met by the shady side of a market economy. In Hanoi – Winter 1946 (Ha Noi: Mua Dong Nam) he focuses on Ho Chi Min and the war with France for independence. Director, writer and journalist, Dang Nhat Minh is also currently general secretary of the Vietnam Film Association. Selected filmography: The Town Within Reach (1980), When the Tenth Month Comes (1984), The Girl on the River (1987), Nostalgia for the Countryland (1995, awarded at Rotterdam and Nantes).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Dang Nhat Minh
Screenplay: Dang Nhat Minh
Dir. of Photography: Vu Duc Tung
Music: Dang Huk Phuc
Editor: Tran Anh Itoa, Nguyen Viet Nga
Producer: Nguyen Thuy Vinh, Dang Nhat Minh
Production: Studio de la Jeunesse (Hanoi)
Cast: Bui Kai Binh, Nguyen Lan Huong, Pham Thu Thuy, Huong Thao, Hua Do, Pham Khae Lam

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