Buffalo Boy
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A teenager coming of age in Vietnam in the '40s is faced with new challenges and troubling news as he asserts his independence in this drama. Kim (Le The Lu) is a 15-year-old living in a rural area where a six-month rainy season causes frequent flooding, threatening the lives of the water buffalo which are crucial to the livelihood of the farmers. Eager to prove himself, Kim is given the important task of leading two buffalo to higher ground by his father Dinh (Nguyen Huu Thanh), but the flooding proves to be more than Kim counted on, and he returns with the news that one of the animals… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you have ever wondered what the life of a Vietnamese peasant was like in the 1940s, it seems unlikely there will be a lovelier evocation of it than Buffalo Boy."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"Austere but beautiful film about the desperately poor in Vietnam during the 1940s."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Ostensibly a coming-of-age story, this languorous, beautifully shot feature debut from Vietnam tells a deceptively simple tale in a deceptively simple fashion."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"This beautiful film offers a rare, poetic glimpse of life in rural Vietnam during the French occupation."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In a lesser film, the copious floods would signal pat themes of life and renewal, but Nguyen-Vo emphasizes the water's destructive power as well."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
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