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2015 SDAFF Spring Showcase


Dịu Dàng

Directed by Le-Van Kiet

Cinema Little Saigon / USA, Vietnam / 2014 / Drama / 101 mins / Vietnamese with English subtitles / DCP

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UltraStar Mission Valley
April 20, 2015 6:30 pm


Free for Pac-Arts Members
Filmmaker scheduled to attend

Official Selection, 2014 Busan International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam

Dustin Nguyen (21 Jump Street, Fool for Love) plays a pensive pawnbroker who’s not easily impressed, let alone by the grannies trying to hawk fake gold in his shop. That is, until he encounters a beautiful young regular who’s even more soft-spoken than he is. And so, with the cautious pragmatism of his profession, he strikes up a relationship.

The two don’t say much, but both seem to have something to hide: his guilt-ridden past, her own ideas of self-worth. Adapted from one of Dostoevsky’s best works, GENTLE is a subtly unnerving exploration of a marriage haunted by a society that treats women as commodities and that wavers, often eerily, between the pressures of religious and financial value. –Brian Hu


Producer: Le-Van Kiet, Dan Trong Tan
Writer: Le-Van Kiet
Actor: Dustin Nguyen, Nguyen Thanh Tu, Kieu Trinh

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UltraStar Mission Valley
April 20, 2015 6:30 pm