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The year is 1950 and an English couple, Louise and Michael, have arrived in French-occupied Indochina to cover a story on a French-owned rubber plantation. They are to be the guests of the enigmatic plantation overseer, Daniel, and his beautiful yet difficult daughter Viola, at their elegant, decaying villa amid a tropical jungle. Michael and Louise hope that some time spent working in an exotic location will help reignite the passion in their floundering marriage. Instead they become unwittingly involved in the personal, sexual and political tensions of their hosts. Daniel is desperate to hold onto a way of life no longer possible in a country struggling for independence, bringing him into conflict with not only his daughter but also with his adopted country.

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Pauline Chan
Robert Carter  Pauline Chan
Jim McElroy
Dir. of Photography
Kevin Heyward
Douglas Stephen Rae
Nicholas Beauman
Production Designer
Michael Phillips


Saskia Reeves - Robert Reynolds - Sami Frey - Jacqueline McKenzie - Kiet Lam - Hoa To

Production Details

Production Completion
Production Company
Ayer Productions Pty Ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Anzac Film Festival
  • Portland International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  • Riminicinema Mostra International
  • Quebec City Int Film Fest
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film au Feminin
  • Cambridge Film Festival
  • Boston International Film Fest
  • Asia Pacific Film Festival