The Third Wife (2018)




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In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.


Critic Reviews for The Third Wife

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

An audience-friendly affair which deals with harrowing subject-matter in restrained, tactful and aesthetically entrancing style...

October 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Gently dipping us into the long ago and far away past, Ash Mayfair's directorial debut brings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century.

October 4, 2018 | Full Review…

It's true that [The Third Wife] shows a tendency towards excessive preciosity, but by not losing contact with its characters or its tribulations it rises above it. [Full review in Spanish]

January 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In her directorial debut, Ashleigh Mayfair creates a film full of rotundity, delicacy, beauty and cruelty. [Full Review in Spanish]

January 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Through the eyes of May, the viewer sees the young woman's confrontation with the real world, an accelerated transition where sexuality, marriage and motherhood are in the same vital phase. [Full review in Spanish]

September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Mayfair reveals [the consequences of injustice in their] tense brutality despite never relinquishing her handle on the aesthetic beauty housing those horrors.

September 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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