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A powerful reflection on sexual subjugation and the hypocrisy of moral hierarchy, featuring incredibly soft, and strikingly textured cinematography.
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The Third Wife

In late 19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband. She learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child and this becomes a real possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May develops an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As May observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom.

Ash Mayfair's debut feature signals the emergence of a young female writer-director whose aesthetic sensibilities, cinematic language and extraordinary ability to illuminate the past will captivate audiences.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 5.31.19 - 6.06.19
Royal, 5.24.19 - 5.30.19
Rated R This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 96 min
Language: Vietnamese
FEATURED REVIEW: Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film
Most US directors drift in the direction of small-scale personal drama and brownstones in Brooklyn for their first features - but Vietnamese director Ash Mayfair (who splits her time between her homeland and New York) imposes no such limitations on herself with her striking debut. Se...