Watch at Home 07.07.2020

Between Shadow and Soul

Directed by Ash Mayfair
Film Movement
89 Minutes
Drama, Asian, Coming of Age
Not Rated

Ash Mayfair's reworking of her acclaimed film THE THIRD WIFE into a silent, black and white film, creating a completely different cinematic experience. In late 19th century Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May becomes the third wife to a wealthy landowner. She quickly learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child, but her burgeoning attraction to Xuan, the second wife, puts her fragile standing in jeopardy. As May observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice, to either carry on in silence, or forge a path towards personal freedom.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Ash Mayfair
  • Starring: Nguyen Phuong Tra My
  • Starring: Nu Yên-Khê Tran
  • Starring: Long Le Vu
  • Starring: Lam Thanh My




  • "Sheer compositional perfection."
    Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
  • "Exquisitely filmed."
    G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Featuring strikingly textured cinematography."
    Andrew Bundy, The Playlist
  • "A truly gorgeous, detailed picture book of intimacy and erotic unease."
    Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
Someone to Watch
Independent Spirit Awards
Best Cinematography
Independent Spirit Awards