Adrift (Choi Voi) is a 2009 Vietnamese film directed by Bui Thac Chuyen and stars Linh Dan Pham, Do Thi Hai Yen, Johnny Tri Nguyen and Nguyen Duy Khoa. This ambitious work of lesbian cinema emphatically explores the realities of being gay and lonely in the younger generation of modern Vietnam.
Soon after her wedding, newlywed Duyen’s (played by Hai Yen) excitement begins to fade as she realizes her young husband (Duy Khoa) is not only sexually naive, but overly occupied by his job as a taxi driving and his doting mother. As her marriage goes unconsummated and her emotional isolation grows, she reaches out to her closest girlfriend, Cam (Linh Dan), who secretly desires her, but pushes her into the arms of a dangerous and provocative suitor.
The resulting sexual awakening and infidelity puts Duyen in a precarious love triangle, challenging her notions of conventional relationships and also the stability of her new family. Saturated with erotic tension, director Bui Thac Chuyen’s sensuous and absorbing second feature traces the emotional and psychological landscapes of lust and desire, weaving an atmospheric tale of love and life in modern Hanoi.
“Bui Thac Chuyen’s moody, enigmatic film, Adrift…is a subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening.” – New York Times
“With its lush scenery, layered characters, and startling soundtrack, it’s not hard to see why the film stood out to an international panel of jurors.” — Elevate Difference
Adrift is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Vietnamese with English subtitles.