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Adrift (Choi Voi) - Amazon.com Exclusive (2013)

Do Hai Yen , Nguyen Duy Koha , Bui Thac Chuyen  |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Do Hai Yen, Nguyen Duy Koha
  • Directors: Bui Thac Chuyen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RCB8VW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,768 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As a portrait of sexual stasis morphing into ecstasy, though at a price, Vietnamese director Bui Thac Chuyen's Adrift works...this languid, quietly sensual sophomore feature lays on the estrogen as it explores sexual inexperience, frustration and desire in contemporary Hanoi from a female p.o.v. --Variety

Bui Thac Chuyen's moody, enigmatic film, Adrift...is a subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening. --New York Times

What's striking in Chuyen Bui Thac's film is how you understand the complicated feelings of Duyen, Hai, and his mother. Repeatedly, the camera shows you more than they seem to know about themselves...In brief, brilliant strokes, cinematographer Ly Thai Dung reveals what s unspoken. --PopMatters

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Adrift (Choi Voi) - Amazon.com Exclusive

Soon after her wedding, newlywed Duyen's excitement begins to fade as she realizes her young husband is not only sexually naïve, but overly occupied by his job and doting mother. As her marriage goes unconsummated and her emotional isolation grows, she reaches out to her closest girlfriend, Cam, who secretly desires her, but pushes her into the arms of a dangerous and provocative suitor.

The resulting sexual awakening and infidelity puts Duyen in a precarious love triangle, challenging her notions of conventional relationships and also the stability of her new family. Saturated with erotic tension, director Bui Thac Chuyen's sensuous and absorbing second feature traces the emotional and psychological landscapes of lust and desire, weaving an atmospheric tale of love and life in modern Hanoi.

"Bui Thac Chuyen's moody, enigmatic film, Adrift...is a subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening."
-New York Times

"With its lush scenery, layered characters, and startling soundtrack, it's not hard to see why the film stood out to an international panel of jurors."
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Adrift is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Vietnamese with English subtitles.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADRIFT Proves Foreign Films Are A Sight To Behold February 13, 2012
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One of the many reasons that causes me to like more foreign films than American films is that foreign films are made without the added `creative interest' of the American studio system. Sometimes, it's hard to define what this means specifically to a film, but, in the case of ADRIFT, I can tell you that it most likely means no film executive spent great time reworking the script in order to woo major film stars to the vehicle; it means that no production executives spent great lengths trying to incorporate clever product placement strategies into the film's visual landscape; and it means that no creative personnel contributed countless hours of `rehash' to the completed projects. Simply put, it means that "what you get is what you see," and what you see with ADRIFT is a fantastic character drama built against the backdrop of a people at a cultural crossroads.

I've read (elsewhere) that the film - hailing from Vietnam - has been termed an "erotic drama," and I'll admit right out of the gate that I believe that's a bit of a mischaracterization on everyone's part. To me, that's a Hollywood convention - bill it as "steamy & erotic" to get more butts in the seats! - but that's as close to Hollywood as the film gets. Certainly, the central story - Duyen's marital fidelity comes into question early in her relationship when her disinterested husband forces her into the arms of a "dangerous and provocative suitor" - explores the issue of physical angst in relationships, but, so far as the passion and steam common to Western films, the film is quite tame. In fact, there're really only two scenes (one of a near sexual assault, and one of `forced seduction') that pushes the boundaries of even traditional eroticism.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Standard art film, timing a bit off July 2, 2012
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This was a dark look at the daily struggles of daily life. I gave it a low rating because the editing is disjointed. This may be due to the heavy censorship because it deals with very sensitive subjects like drug abuse, prostitution, child abuse, and suicide. (by the way, this is not an erotic movie in anyway.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding oneself July 26, 2014
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Those requiring their plot to be cut, dried, and wrapped up with a bow need not apply. But as is the case with many non-Hollywood, non-American films that make it to our shores, a more loosely structured story provides a more realistic view of life, what it means to be human, and the challenges involved.

Other than the question of Cam "desiring" Duyen (nothing in the movie suggested this to me, though I suppose the original dialogue might have had a detail the subtitles left out), the Amazon synopsis sums things up reasonably well. Another very long review gives even more detail for those who might want blow by blow plot points before seeing the film.

It seems that while, as Duyen explains, she believes life is simple -- follow the script, all is well -- where her script meets the realities of other people, she finds her own needs and desires unmet. If the script says you meet a man, get married, make love, but he doesn't seem to know anything about making love, nor have any desires along those lines, what is one to do?

Of course, everyone's improvisation -- going off-script -- is different, depending on circumstances and their own personality. In Duyen's case, she has a close friend in Cam, who introduces her (in her own way) to a man who is decidedly more worldly than Duyen's husband Hai. His unpredictable nature seems to make him more desirable and, eventually, allows Duyen to experience what a less "checked off that life goal item" marriage can allow.

The film includes a wide variety of challenging situations and coping mechanisms. Duyen is the main story, but her life connects with many others, and we vicariously experience their difficulties as well. While there is a definitely dark and depressing undercurrent in the movie, in some sense it helps portray the adaptability and strength of humanity even in hard times, and well as the exceptions to that generality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you have some time to kill .. July 22, 2014
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I didn't have too much to do, so i decided to kill some time by watching this. It starts off kinda slow in the beginning and there were some parts that i really had to keep myself awake to keep watching so i wont miss anything important but overall, its ok
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