The Vertical Ray of the Sun
DIRECTOR: TRAN ANH HUNG
CAST: TRAN NU YêN-KHê, NHU QUYNH NGUYEN, LE KHANH
There’s a darkness at the heart of Hung’s film, which begins as three sisters in Hanoi are reunited by the anniversary of their mother’s death, but what is extraordinary about the movie is how awash it is in light—an enchanting light, a benediction which gives daily ritual a quality of the hyperreal. Shot by the legendary Mark Lee Ping-Bing, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s right-hand man, the sensual The Vertical Ray of the Sun is a movie not just to be seen, but luxuriated in.