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— by Stephanie Bunbury: When The Third Wife opened in Vietnam, 40,000 people went to see it in its first four days. The Third Wife, the ravishing debut of young Vietnamese-born filmmaker Ash Mayfair, tells the story of the filmmaker’s great-grandmother’s arranged marriage at the age of 13 to a wealthy middle-aged landowner. In general, Vietnamese film-goers are not big fans of arthouse; The Fast and the Furious franchise is more their speed. Nevertheless, in those few days it was clear that this slow but steely story of domestic oppression had struck a national nerve. Then it was banned…

July 4, 2019