From its lazy, opening scenes set to the Velvet Underground, The Vertical Ray of the Sun is a beautiful, beautiful movie. And sure enough, with its pretty, pretty scenes of water droplets, dancing bodies, and Vietnamese vistas, the movie remains absolutely stunning. What's it all about? I couldn't really tell you. A trio of sisters discuss infidelity and relationships... or something. Really, nothing happens at all while the water drops, the bodies dance, and the vistas vist. Essentially it's the same film as Tran's earlier outing, The Scent of Green Papaya. Fine as background "music," but hardly worth watching on its own merits.

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