L’amant (1992)

Alternative Title:
The Lover

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Studio: Films A2, Grai Phang Film Studio, Renn Productions

Starring: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frederique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Melvil Poupaud, Lisa Faulkner, Xiem Mang, Philippe Le Dem, Ann Schaufuss, Quach Van An, Tania Torrens, Raymonde Heudeline, Yvonne Wingerter, Do Minh Vien, Helene Patarot
Description:
A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings and torrid encounters.
It is French Colonial Vietnam in 1929. A young French girl from a family that is having some monetary difficulties is returning to boarding school. She is alone on public transportation when she catches the eye of a wealthy Chinese businessman. He offers her a ride into town in the back of his chauffeured sedan, and sparks fly. Can the torrid affair that ensues between them overcome the class restrictions and social mores of that time? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras