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French film set in colonial French Indochina during the 1930s.

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The ultimate foreign love story epic!

  • Dec 11, 2008
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If you're going to watch Indochine, get ready to buy some Kleenex beforehand. This is the ultimate love story, set against a backdrop of war and revolution.

Indochine tells the story of the daughter of a plantation owner, played by Deneuve, in colonial French Indochina (most of modern-day Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia). Deneuve's character falls in love with a local navy officer (played by Perez), but after her daughter falls in love with him, she plays a hand in having the officer relocated. The rest of the film follows the daughter as she finds him, bears his child, and is recruited by communists in an effort to oust the French and create an independent Vietnam.

There's no need to know any world history for this film. Just watching all 148 minutes will give you a pretty good idea of the events that led up to the Vietnam War. And, you'll probably find out just how many tissues are in each Kleenex box after all! It's a good film, and if you don't speak French, the subtitles do an excellent job translating the true depth of the story.

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August 06, 2009
Catherine Deneuve in Indochine is truly wonderful. For another look at the French and Vientam, you might want to check out Apocolypse Now Redux, which has the scene on the French plantation, cut from the original movies which gives a whole lot more context to what was originally a pretty terrific film.
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review by . June 08, 2009
Catherine Denuve has always been my favorite actress. And this film is the biggest reason why.     Set in French occupied IndoChina in the 1930's the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful, everything was perfect about this film. The clothing, the stage the setting, the score. It was realistic and must have cost a fortune in production?     Catherine Denuve's character intrigued me as a strong, independent fierce business woman who upon allowing herself to love... …
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Indochine is an Academy Award-winning 1992 film depicting a young woman's story in colonial French Indochina during the 1930s. The film stars Catherine Deneuve and Vincent Perez as lovers struggling through a tumultuous relationship in the face of growing unrest and the rise of communism in what is today known as Vietnam.

The film was produced by Eric Heumann and Jean Labadie, directed by RĂ©gis Wargnier, and written by Louis Gardel, Catherine Cohen and Wargnier. It was released in France and the US in April and December 1992, respectively.
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Genre: Drama, Love story
Release Date: 23 December 1992
Runtime: 148 minutes

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