The Third Wife
This accomplished debut is a poetic treatise about the fate of a young woman after she marries into a wealthy family.
Singapore PremiereVietnam / 2018 / 96 MIN / Vietnamese / R21: Sexual Scenes
Inspired by true events, this period drama marks a remarkable first feature by young Vietnamese filmmaker Ash Mayfair. The film opens with the marriage of 14-year-old May, who is to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Her youthful innocence is soon eroded by the uncovering of a dark family secret, and her own journey of self-discovery.
Mayfair’s bucolic depiction of rural 19th-century Vietnam sets a delicate stage for an exploration of issues such as child marriage and women’s rights. The narrative takes a fatalistic bend as its female characters’ desires are subsumed under the yoke of patriarchy, their fates as unrelenting as the course of nature.
Cast & Credits
Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam and educated in the U.K. and the U.S. The Third Wife is her first feature. A recipient of the Spike Lee Film Production Fund, the film won the Grand Prix award at Vietnam’s Autumn Meeting, as well as an HAF award at the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum.
Trần Thị Bích Ngọc, Ash Mayfair
Trần Nữ Yên Khê, Mai Thu Hường, Nguyễn Phương Trà My, Nguyễn Như Quỳnh
*Official Selection, San Sebastian Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival