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SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2006

PROGRAM 17

MAY 6 - 7:00 p.m. - Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre

SAIGON LOVE STORY

(Vietnam, 2005) Dir.: Ringo Le

Saigon, late 1980s: Danh, a young boy who should help his single mother sell noodles from a cart out of their house, often sneaks out to buy cassettes. On one of his excursions, Danh meets Tam, a free-spirited girl, who sells cassettes on the streets. Intrigued by her music, he buys a cassette only to find that it's blank. Upon unraveling the mystery, Danh learns that Tam has fallen victim to a dubious producer. With no money, Tam repays Danh by singing the title song from her cassette, "Saigon Love Story." Danh soon finds that her music brings him closer to freedom. Meanwhile, Danh's mother, Linh, wants her son to have a better life than the one she's lived, finds him a job at a local furniture factory. Moreover, she wishes her son would consummate a union with the factor owner's daughter, Zuan. But what Linh doesn't know is that Danh's been carrying on a secret relationship with Tam. When Ling finds out about the liason, Linh's relationship with her son takes an irrevocable turn. Danh in turn, is left to choose between his head and his heart.

35mm, 115 minutes, color, narrative, in Vietnamese w/E.S.

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