Directed by Nghiem-Ming Nguyen-Vo
A luminous coming-of-age story set in the Mekong Delta
of the 1930s, Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo's festival award-winning drama is based
on a cycle of short stories by Nam Son. The film follows a teenager (Le The
Lu) as he joins a band of nomadic buffalo herders and gets introduced to a
world of crime, violence, and romance. The youngster's adventures are set
against the achingly beautiful backdrop of mid-century Vietnam, with its
rolling landscapes and lush, exhilarating colors. "The world in Buffalo
Boy is filled with wonder, but it is a world also filled with real
desire, real death, not abstractions" (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).
Vietnamese with English subtitles.