An epic historical romance directed by Régis Wargnier and set in Indochina (later Vietnam) with Catherine Deneuve as a plantation owner who begins a passionate affair with a young naval officer (Vincent Perez). In the hothouse atmosphere of the setting the officer falls in love with Deneuve’s adopted daughter (Linh Dan Pham). She follows him when he is posted to a remote outpost. The lovers hope to hide themselves amid the islands of a secret lake.
All the components are in place for a lush and sensual old-fashioned (in a good way) melodrama which is as seductive as the stunning Vietnamese landscape. It has been described as a Gallic Gone With the Wind, imbued with the sense of decadence of a dying colonial regime. Deneuve has the role of a lifetime and seizes the chances with an ageless elegance.
Cast Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan-Pham, Jean Yanne, Dominique Blanc, Thibaut de Montalembert, Carlo Brandt, Hubert Saint Macary, Eric Nguyen, Alain Fromager, Gérard Lartigau, Andrzej Zeweryn
Director Régis Wargnier | 1992 | France | 154 mins | UK distributor Park Circus
Regis Wargnier’s Indochine is one of the successes of ‘heritage’ cinema, a hit at the French box office and winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. History Today
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