The Third Wife (2018)


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In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

An audience-friendly affair which deals with harrowing subject-matter in restrained, tactful and aesthetically entrancing style...

Oct 5, 2018

Gently dipping us into the long ago and far away past, Ash Mayfair's directorial debut brings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century.

Oct 4, 2018
Variety
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Through the eyes of May, the viewer sees the young woman's confrontation with the real world, an accelerated transition where sexuality, marriage and motherhood are in the same vital phase. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 28, 2018

Mayfair reveals [the consequences of injustice in their] tense brutality despite never relinquishing her handle on the aesthetic beauty housing those horrors.

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: B+

It is commendable that Mayfair deftly enables May and her sister-wives to explore their own agencies and sexualities without ever using their suffering as window dressing to illustrate the film's gritty authenticity.

Sep 11, 2018

The almost entirely female cast is captivating throughout.

Sep 11, 2018

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