The Handmaiden meets Crimson Peak in this marriage of romantic melodrama and gothic horror from Derek Nguyen. In 50s Vietnam a young peasant woman goes to work at a French military captain’s mansion – an old plantation estate haunted by tragedy and slavery. But the house is not the only thing that keeps its ghosts close to heart.
While some of the gothic tropes feel tired – and in one scene a bit silly – the film boasts some striking images and stirring emotional beats, especially from Kate Nhung’s assured and layered performance.
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