I was interested in seeing The Lover after finding out the story was set in Saigon during the 1920's. Though they explored different areas to film the movie, director Jean-Jaque Annaud decided to remain true to Marguerite Dura's book and film it in Vietnam.
I'm so glad he did, as I'm now obsessed with visiting Saigon. Something that was captured on the film reminded me of the sultry, haunting quality of New Orleans and Savannah.
I was less impressed with the storyline–and I haven't read the book–but my short synopsis of the film is that a poor girl-woman meets rich man-child, sexual relationship ensues, and everyone involved is a bit of a jerk.
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Visually the movie is beautiful, and the costumes are setting a new mood for my summer. The main character–played by a stunning Jane March—runs around almost the entire movie in an old silk dress, men's fedora, and battered shoes still sparkling with rhinestones. Her red lipstick is usually smeared, and she is wears her hair in braids tied with black ribbons.
So many gorgeous images in this movie, from the location to the interiors. Mother of pearl furniture, matte black paint and creamy ceramic stools are high on my home wishlist.
(Digital images created by Moodboard from The Lover)