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'Indochine'

July 31, 1994|Kevin Thomas

Regis Wargnier's lush and poignant 1992 Oscar-winning French film is a romantic saga spanning the last quarter-centur of French rule in Southeast Asia. It tells the story of a beautiful French colonial (an Oscar-nominated Catherine Deneuve, pictured), a rich and powerful rubber plantation owner and her adopted daughter, a native princess, whose destinies become intertwined with that of their increasingly strife-torn country. Filmed in Vietnam and Malaysia, the film is gorgeous to look at. Although steeped in French elegance and irony, it's more like a vintage Hollywood movie in its scale and scope (CinemaxWednesday at 8 p.m.).

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