Children of the Mist

Directed by Hà Lệ Diễm
Film Movement
2021
90 Minutes
Vietnam
Hmong, Vietnamese
Documentary, Asian
Asian Studies, Coming of Age, Women Directors, Women's Studies, Sociology & Social Work, Indigenous Peoples, Sex & Sexuality
DVD $150.00
Blu-ray $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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Di is a 12-year-old girl living in a village lost in the mist of Northwest Vietnamese mountains. She belongs to the Hmong ethnic minority where women get married very young, enduring the controversial tradition of “bride-kidnapping." When Di enters puberty, her personality has changed drastically. The carefree little girl has turned into an impetuous, hypersensitive teenager constantly arguing with her mother who is trying to keep her away from reckless relationships that she is not mature enough to handle. On the Lunar New Year's Eve, when Di's parents come back home after celebrating, the house is silent: Di has disappeared.

  • Highest Rating
    "Extraordinary... riveting... first-rate... beautifully presented...."
    Guy Lodge, Variety
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    "[A]n empathetic and moving portrait of a fractured childhood...."
    Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia
  • Highest Rating
    "Diem’s intimate access and sensitive approach, together with editor Swann Dubus’ keen eye for texture and detail, make for a compelling and eye-opening drama."
    Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "[There is] no question about the skillful, artistically effective quality of this film."
    Chris Knipp, Writing: Movies
  • Highest Rating
    "“Children of the Mist” is an excellent documentary that showcases an appalling phenomenon with brutal realism and through a rather artful approach."
    Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse

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