Indochine. Réalisateur: Régis Wargnier, 1992, 159 min. Movie Slapdown with Ron Falzon from Columbia College
Indochine is a story of romance and separation in colonial French Indochina during the 1930s. The film centers on the relationship of the beautiful and imperious Eliane (Catherine Deneuve), a French rubber-plantation owner, and Camille (Linh Dan Pham), her adopted Indochinese daughter. The mother and daughter are very close until a diffident naval officer, Jean-Baptiste (Vincent Perez) enters their lives. Eliane is in love with him, but Jean-Baptiste and Camille become attracted to each other and fall in love. Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide.
“Deneuve as symbol of Colonial Epoch: Catherine Deneuve looks ravishing from start to finish. She’s supremely unruffled when a man with a nosebleed attempts to make love to her. Not a hair is out of place as she beats a worker for attempting to run away from the plantation… In spite of all that, Miss Deneuve lends the movie a lot of her own instinctive intelligence. Behind the movie-star facade, a real actress is at work. It’s not her regal beauty but the force of her personality that carries the viewer through a choppy screenplay not always easy to follow.” New York Times, Vincent Canby.