The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)

One day. Many lives. A family. Lovers. An eternity. A hope. A delay. A secret. Happiness. Lies. One summer.
Drama / Romance • 112 minutes  7.2/10
Starring: Tran Nu Yên-Khê Khanh Lê Quang Hai Ngo Chu Hung Manh Cuong Tran Le Tuan Anh Ngoc Dung Le Như Quỳnh Nguyễn and others.
Director: Tran Anh Hung Writer: Tran Anh Hung Director of Photography: Mark Lee Ping-Bing Producer: Christophe Rossignon Editor: Mario Battistel Music: Tiêt Tôn-Thât
Released • May 24, 2000

Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, insects and water and the way the lighting enhances the subtle use of color. They all combine to gem-like effect here.

A.K.A. DE: Ein Sommer in Hanoi  ES: Pleno Verano  FR: À la verticale de l'été  GB: At the Height of Summer  PT: Em Pleno Verão  RU: Mùa hè chiều thẳng đứng  VN: Mua he chieu thang dung