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Monsoon Wife (2004)

R | | Drama | 10 July 2004 (USA)
MONSOON WIFE is a love triangle story set in the exotic land of Cambodia, where everything seems to be for sale - even the people. MONSOON WIFE is the first film to be shot entirely on location in Cambodia since LORD JIM in 1964.


Marlin Darrah


Candy Davis




Credited cast:
Steve Boss Steve Boss ... Marty
Constance Frenzen Constance Frenzen ... Crystal
McGeorge Robinson McGeorge Robinson ... Thomas McIntyre
Linda Shing Linda Shing ... Teeda
Rob Stockton Rob Stockton ... Cliff


In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the American student of Arts Thomas McIntyre lives with the former prostitute Teeda and her daughter Ani and survives painting pictures and doing small jobs. When his former college friend Cliff comes to Phnom Penh, he offers US$ 5,000.00 to Thomas to make a tour and show the red light district and the prostitutes of the city. Cliff comes with his wife and former girlfriend and passion of Thomas, Crystal, creating a tension among the trio. But Thomas needs the money to help his expatriated friend Marty, who owes a large amount to some criminals, and accepts to disclose Phnom Penh for one week to the couple. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In a place where innocence has been stolen, what is the price of love?



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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material

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"A heart-wrenching movie set in an exotic and lawless land."
19 September 2005 | by msunagoSee all my reviews

This hybrid movie is composed primarily of fictional feature film elements mixed with documentary elements. I liked that style. One character, Cliff, a college nemesis of Thomas who comes to seek out the sex industry, brings a video handicam, which he turns on his subjects and himself. The black and white footage the character shoots is shown in the film, including street footage taken from the back of a small motorcycle and footage of his dark escapades in the back rooms of the brothels.

Seeing the movie, I felt very repelled by the child prostitution issue. There are a couple of very challenging, very true-to-life scenes viewers must get through. They're tough to watch but are important to include. I really appreciated this movie. There are some beautiful scenes of Angkor Wat that help to soften the hard and realistic social issues this movie delves into. And the goodness of the ordinary people of Cambodia and its Buddhist cultural roots shine through in Monsoon Wife, particularly through the character of Teeda, the heart of the film. One important scene occurs when Thomas returns home feeling degraded after taking Cliff to brothels. He comes into his apartment to find both Teeda and Crystal asleep under mosquito netting. Thomas may still be uncertain about what he wants and who he wants to be with, but this image forces him to come to terms with his desires and grow up. I've traveled throughout SE Asia, and this is a good movie to give people a very good idea of the beauty and the tragedy of this region.

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10 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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