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With: Don Duong, Nguyen Ngoc Hiep, Tran Manh Cuong, Harvey Keitel, Zoe Bui, Nguyen Huu Duoc
Written by: Tony Bui, based on a story by Timothy Linh Bui, Tony Bui
Directed by: Tony Bui
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements
Language: English, Vietnamese with English subtitles
Running Time: 113
Date: 01/23/1999

Three Seasons (1999)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Spring and Fall

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

26-year-old Tony Bui makes his directorial debut with four interwoven storiesthat take place on the streets of Saigon. The stories are simplistic andsentimental, but the feel of the movie is an easy blending of the realism of DeSica, the humanism of Renoir, and the colorful visual poetry of Kieslowski. Thestories occur in the shadows of the expensive hotels where only the rich canafford to stay, but they do not blend easily; some of the cuts are jarring anddisorienting. Three Seasons is ultimately a light and lovely movie thatsatisfies, but goes away quickly. It was a big winner at Sundance, taking boththe critics' award and the audience award, and it opened this year's San Francisco AsianAmerican Film Festival.

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