Directed by Régis Wargnier ("East/West", "Une femme française"), and featuring an Oscar-nominated performance from Catherine Deneuve ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "Dancer in the Dark", "Belle de Jour") alongside Vincent Perez ("Cyrano de Bergerac", "The Crow: City of Angels"), Jean Yanne ("We Won’t Grow Old Together", "Weekend") and Linh Dan Pham ("Mr. Nobody", "The Beat that My Heart Skipped"), the multi-award winning French drama INDOCHINE tells the story of a widowed French woman who raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was her own daughter in Indochina in 1930, at the tail end of French colonial rule.
Alongside her father Emile, Eliane Devries (Deneuve) determinedly runs a rubber plantation. The only emotional attachment she has is to her adopted daughter Camille (Linh Dan Pham), an orphaned Annamite princess. Their existence is turned upside down upon meeting Jean-Baptiste, a young French naval officer with whom both Eliane and then Camille fall in love. Protected by her friend Guy Asselin, the head of the French security services, Eliane is able to face another worrying element: the rise of native nationalism and the first attacks mounted against the French.
Although Eliane becomes detached from Jean-Baptiste, Camille still loves him despite her arranged marriage to her cousin Tanh. She flees the colonists and crosses the whole country, heading north, witnessing the misfortunes of her people under colonial oppression, and finally reaches Dragon Islet in Hạ Long Bay where Jean-Baptiste has
been transferred. What will be the lovers’ fate?
On its original release, Indochine won five César Awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe (both for Best Foreign Film). The film will be available to own on Blu-ray and DVD in a fully restored version; the film’s original negative, under StudioCanal's supervision, has been digitised and restored, frame-by-frame, to 4K quality by L’Immagine Ritrovata.
The release also includes a brand new 52 minute documentary about the film, the historical context as well as interviews from Deneuve, Wargnier, Erik Orsenna, Louis Gardel, Vincent Pérez, Michel Bodin, Alain Ruscio, François Catonné, Alain Belmondo, Gérard Crosnier and Jacques Bufnoir.