Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(Choi Voi)

Year: 2009
Country: VIETNAM
Language: Vietnamese
Run Time: 110 minutes


Summertime in Hanoi is sticky and languid. There's a quivering sense of expectation in the air, and movement seems to slow down to a deliberate pace. ADRIFT in this delicately beautiful city are a handful of young people with unfulfilled longings. Duyen and Hai are newlyweds. Hai, a baby-faced taxi driver who's coddled by his mama, is sexually unsophisticated; his radiant bride Duyen is happy to simply float along, not expecting much from her husband or herself. Her best girlfriend Cam, a brooding novelist who harbors a secret longing for Duyen, has become physically ill at the thought of her beloved's marriage. Cam introduces Duyen to Tho, a rough, sensual, handsome man who begins to awaken a desire in Duyen she never knew existed. Duyen agrees to travel to the beach with Tho; and while she's gone, Hai befriends a local girl with longings of her own. These new relationships unfold like lotus flowers, each laying bare new emotions. ADRIFT is as quiet and introspective as a still-life painting until the heavens break open, releasing the welcome rains of the typhoon season and offering the characters new perspectives on life. (In Vietnamese with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Phan Dang Di

Bui Thac Chuyen

Bui Thac Chuyen was born in Hanoi and studied acting and directing at the Hanoi Institute of Theater and Cinema. His short film "Night Run" screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.

"Living in Fear" (2005), ADRIFT (2009)

Dang Tat Binh, Claire-Agn├Ęs Lajoumard

Ly Thai Dung

Julie Beziau

Principal Cast
Do Hai Yen, Lunh-Dan Pham, Nguyen Duy Khoa, Johnny Tri Nguyen

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LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

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