DVD Release: Adrift

DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Price: DVD $24.99
Studio: Global Film Initiative


Adrift movie scene

Do Hai Yen (l) and Linh-Dan Pham experience a sexual awakening in Adrift.

The 2009 erotic drama Adrift, a portrait of adultery and sexual awakening in contemporary Hanoi, is the second feature film by Vietnamese director Bui Thac Chuyen.

After her wedding, newlywed Duyen’s (Do Hai Yen) excitement begins to fade as she realizes her young husband is not only sexually naïve, but overly occupied by his job and mother. As her marriage goes unconsummated and her emotional isolation grows, Duyen reaches out to her closest girlfriend, Cam (Linh-Dan Pham), who secretly desires her, but pushes her into the arms of a dangerous and provocative suitor (Johnny Tri Nguyen). The resulting sexual awakening and infidelity thrusts Duyen into a precarious and dangerous love triangle.

The winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice International Film Festival, Adrift (or Choi Voi in its native Vietnamese) was also screened at major film festivals in Toronto, Bangkok, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Melbourne and, in the U.S., Mill Valley and Palm Springs. It was also exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in January, 2010.

Here’s the trailer for the film, which is presented in Vietnamese with English subtitles:

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