Tran Anh Hung's signature delicate sweetness in his films is seen in this beautiful movie about pre-war Vietnam. There is a hint of spirituality in Mui's curiosity of her surroundings, and in her mannerism as she does her daily chores. It is good to see a movie about Vietnam that's not about war. This is more of the celebration of life and the gentleness of the Vietnamese people. Tran brings out the sweetness from his characters, the setting and atmosphere of his movies.