The Third Wife

Release Date: May 15th, 2019

R |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

In 19th-century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon, she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.

Cast: Mai Thu Huong, Le Vu Long, Nguyen Nhu Quynh, Lam Thanh My, Nhu Quynh, Nguyen Thanh Tam

Director: Ash Mayfair

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Temptation, Forbidden love, Marriage, Husband, Wife, Sacrifice, Rivalry, Engaging, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    John BerraScreen International

    If this focus on fleeting pleasures occasionally risks exoticizing the subject, Mayfair’s sensory approach to illustrating an almost unbearable absence of female fulfillment achieves a powerful universal resonance. show more

  • 75
    Alan NgFilm Threat

    Mayfair’s The Third Wife is a powerful reminder that the oppression of women is not strictly a Western problem and everyone—women or men—want to be free to choose their own path in life. show more

  • 50
    Neil YoungThe Hollywood Reporter

    Mayfair's picture feels like the work of a seasoned veteran rather than a newcomer, but this isn't necessarily a compliment. It's sensitively poetic and tremulously delicate to a fault, with every beat seemingly accompanied and underlined by an intrusive score from Ton That An which is heavily freighted with plangent strings and mournful piano notes. show more

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