October 01, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Three Seasons

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Harvey Keitel
director
Tony Bui
genre
Drama
We gave it a B-

Vietnamese-American director Tony Bui lyrically interweaves four stories of street life in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. There’s a lovely lotus peddler, a resourceful street urchin, a nobly struggling cyclo driver and the prostitute he loves, even an American vet (Keitel) searching for a daughter he’s never met. Sure, they’re mostly ”types,” and Bui ties up their stories too neatly, but along the way the film offers moments of sublimely sensual beauty. Reel Goodies (1:38) The prostitute takes a rapturous walk under a delicate shower of red flower petals. The Last Detail This first feature won the Grand Jury prize, the Audience award, and the Cinematography award at Sundance ’99.

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