Synopsis: This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was her own daughter. She, and her daughter both fall in love with a young French navy officer, which will change both their lives significantly.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Régis Wargnier
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
159 min


I never left Indochina.

Camille's hand was ice cold in mine.

Her father and mother had just died.

They had been my dearest friends.

Their plane had crashed

into the ocean.

I had no children.

She had no parents.

The little princess of Annam

became my daughter.

I adopted her.

Prince N'Guyen, his wife and I

had been inseparable.

In our youth we thought...

the world consisted

of inseparable things...

men and women...

mountains and plains...

humans and gods...

Indochina and France.

By adopting Camille

I inherited her parents' land...

increasing the property

my father and I already owned.

The Lang-Sai rubber plantation...

became one of

Indochina's ten biggest.

That was my domain:

15,000 acres of rubber trees.


Watch it!

Mama! We'll never get it right.

Is something upsetting you?

Tomorrow, send away

Mr. Emile's new girl.

Send Hoa away? Why?

Too greedy, too expensive,

bad girl...

mouth too big...

always wants more.

Today it's rice,

tomorrow it's pig...

after that it's buffalo.

Me know many girls

ready to replace her.

Very nice ones,

with smaller mouths.

No. This one you will keep.

Father has never felt better.

He's almost cheerful.

He might even smile soon.

You keep her.

Congaie is no good.

Love costs too much.

But he's happy.

He may never love again.

Does your father train them

a lot?

Every morning

for the past month.

Then they're too tired to work

on the plantation, but he's happy.

Rowing is exhausting.

Harder! Harder!

And in this heat!

Your men-- okay, I understand.

But mine?

Still, I hope my sailors beat them!

But, Admiral, it's my crew.

Eliane, we shouldn't give

these people ideas of victory.

I bet you 2,000 piastres.

Fine, but you'll lose.

Oh, stop it!

In your condition!

Some days you drive me crazy.

We haven't done it in a week.

And what do we do at nap time?

That's not really making love.

And be pregnant during monsoon season?

No thanks! Not me!

Time to go all out!

Madame Devries,

how awful for Mr. Emile!

All that training,

and then to lose. How awful!

Like Raymond says, the Indo-Chinese

aren't built for it. Eh, Raymond?

Calm down, Yvette.

They haven't lost yet.

We won!

Admiral, you owe me 2,000 piastres.

Who won? I saw nothing.

Ladies and gentlemen,

the race was won...

by the crew of Madame Eliane Devries.

Crew members...

Lui Van Min,

Phan Van Dong--

Mr. Emile Devries!

A statue of Joan of Arc,

in stucco...

of uncertain origin,

attributed to a student of Bouscasse.

Bidding starts at 600 piastres.

Sorry I'm late, madame.

I almost bought a bedroom set,

but I only liked the bed.

Buy the bed.

Oh, no. The pieces

have always been together.

They shouldn't be separated.

They'll bring good luck

to whoever buys them.

You are poetic.

That's exactly it, Yvette.

You're a poetic person.

Is that what you came for?

Has everyone seen it?

Thank you, Mr. Gabriel.

Painted with great sensitivity.

Starting price, 300.

Three hundred.

- Four hundred.

- Four-twenty.



Five hundred.

Madame, please let me have

the painting.

They say you're rich.

I'm not.

I can't continue bidding,

but this landscape means a lot to me.

Sit down, sir.

What is your bid?


- Wait.

- Stop. I'll lend you the money.

Let go!

Tell me why you like it...

and it's yours.

That's enough.

Madame Devries, 500?

I sketched that landscape

dozens of times as a boy.

But I was never satisfied.

It needed...

that valley and hill

in partial shade.

They don't exist.

The artist invented them.

Me, I wouldn't have dared.

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