The White Silk Dress

The White Silk Dress

The White Silk Dress

Running Time: 142 mins

Winner of the Audience Award at the Pusan International Film Festival, The White Silk Dress is a magnificent drama that portrays how one poor and oppressed family manages to maintain its pride and dignity and to overcome adversities.

Hoi An, Vietnam in the 1950s. Dau and Gu, who have slaved away for a landlord all their lives, finally are able start a family. However, they get caught within the unrelenting cycle of war and poverty and face numerous tragedies. Even after losing everything, they still maintain their faith in the Ao Dai—a symbol of the lofty and pure willpower of Vietnamese women—that Dau has left behind.

Set against a background of the deep-rooted traditional culture, Huynh Luu’s beautiful film not only captures the story of a family, the sacrifice of a mother or one couple’s passionate love story, but also illustrates the spirit of a country and of a nation determined to keep their traditions alive. It is a sublime story that speaks, in particular, to the strength and resilience of women caught in the grips of poverty.

Tamee Tanoor

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