Eliane (Catherine Deneuve) is a wealthy French plantation owner living in Indochina in the 1930's with her father and adopted native daughter Camille (Linh Dan Pham). She has a brief affair with a young officer, Jean-Baptiste (Vincent Perez), but after she has ended it, to her dismay discovers that Camille is madly in love with the young man. Eliane is able to arrange to have him transferred and Camille subsequently gets married. However, Camille never loses her love for Jean-Baptiste and finally sets off across the country to find him.
Set in French indo China of the thirties this is a beautifuly shot historical epic. Catherine Deneuve is superb as the aristocratic plantation owner Eliane. The main topic is the love triangle involving Eliane, her adopted Vietnamese daughter and an army officer played by Vincent Perez. All this is set in the turbulent times of the Vietnamese revoloution, brilliantly captured. A long and epic superb film from Regis Warginer. Despite winning two Cesars for other roles (French equivalent of the oscar) this film gave Catherine Deneuve's her only oscar nomination. She should have won as her performance is a consummate acting achievement.