The Third Wife

6.61 h 36 min201913+
A 14-year-old girl struggles with family politics, her own agency, and the prospect of motherhood after she becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner, in director Ash Mayfair's elegant and purposeful debut feature set in 19th century rural Vietnam.
Ash Mayfair
Nguyen Phuong Tra MyNu Yên-Khê TranLong Le Vu
English [CC]
Audio languages
Tiếng Việt
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Services LLC.
Write review

More details

Supporting actors
Lam Thanh My
Ash MayfairValerie SteinbergDang Thanh TamThi Bich Ngoc TranDang Thi Hoang Yen
Film Movement
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Available to watch on supported devices


3.8 out of 5 stars

537 global ratings

  1. 47% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 18% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pornography masquerading as art
Verified purchase
Based on the summary about what the movie was about and the 13+ rating I fully expected this movie to be about the family hierarchy and historical references to the times she lived in. Expected the film to deal with the jealousies
that would have come from the way they were living, interspersed with the real life as they would have lived. Those days would have been trying times for many reasons, but nothing said at all about this. Instead after the wedding celebration the rest of the 28 minutes of trash I was presented with was the wedding night, group discussions on how to self-pleasure yourself, discussions of intercourse, "rough" sex", insinuations of masochistic sex, again masturbation. I stopped watching as the scene unfolds of one the older women has a young child "servicing"her. A few simple clips of lush vegetation, rivers, and about 5 minutes, if that, of what it's like to be the 3rd wife I was done with this trash! Why Amazon has this rated at 13+ is shocking. Why Amazon even carries this garbage is the bigger question. Save your money and your time-NOT WORTH IT!
20 people found this helpful
NPReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
This is a movie of imagery and not really culture but more just about being human, keep an open mind
Verified purchase
I really did enjoy this movie very much. The images that float in the movie are a bit on the obvious side but then again, not everyone has taken film classes nor enjoy movies that don't hold your hand verbally. This is a movie that you must open your mind to the images and let it float you to the various topics it goes through. The happy home full of hope when the new bride comes to the ending you see the water representing the flow of being a human. Of love and heartbreak, life and death, of the solace of being a woman, mixed in a culture and time period that some people just might not be open minded or understand but the beauty is there in the movie if you open yourself to it. There is a very large lack of speaking through the whole movie and it is subtitled. The feeling of the lack of talking is suppression in my opinion. A stifling of the freedom or passions of each of the family members and the hardships of being a woman during this time.

Don't read below if you don't want the spoiler of the end of the movie -
For those who don't know what the heck went on in the last scenes of the movie. I think it was referring again to the flow of being human and a woman. Of life and death. And in a small way, I thought the haircutting scene was a sense of a younger generation of girls breaking free of that flow. This girl had said earlier in the movie that she wanted to be a man and then she cuts her hair into the flow of the water which "traps" the women into the life they are floating in. In a way, maybe this is a sign that the future can change. I also think at some point in the movie the main character realizes the daughters path. She sees the bride of the son's story as another example of this hardship which explains her actions with her daughter in the end. This is the way this character sees a way to escape it, through death while the youngest child cut her hair to symbolize perhaps a different way.

Anyway, lots of ways to think about this movie. I hope you give it a chance.
3 people found this helpful
Justin LeReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Movie For Our Times...
Verified purchase
Long has mainstream media permeated our minds with instances of excessive drug abuse, celebrity antics, and political rifts where we forget the humanity of, ironically, being human... This film exemplifies, to an outstanding degree, the passage of a woman's life in the ancient times... As a sublime take on what toil truly means, The Third Wife's moving story, impeccable film work, and deeply-resonate message stands as a film that SHOULD BE WATCHED by all people of modern times, as we gauge our own beliefs and biases, whether it be driven by long-arching traditions or the fast-changing trends of society.
5 people found this helpful
Pretty BritReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Poetic sadness
Verified purchase
Cinematography gorgeous. Sensual at times brutal, the movie glides elegantly through the drama that unfolds within a wealthy, traditionally patriarchal Vietnamese family. Rich with metaphors, including silk from cocoon to spun cloth and water from rain to river are woven throughout this visual banquet. Only 3 stars since the plot leaves us hanging with too many unanswered questions at the end.
2 people found this helpful
KReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Verified purchase
Subtitled & to be honest I had no idea what this movie was gonna be about really. I just liked the cover. Anyway it was great. It's a LGBT movie which I was not expecting as I didn't look at trailer but it was tasteful and more about their experience and the twist which I won't give away. It's a good movie.
phuReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Do not watch waste of resources (time and money)
Verified purchase
not sure who rated this 5 stars, probably the director's relatives & friends. But we gather our family together and watched this, and got totally confused. Movie has no plots, no climax, and ... nothing interesting. Random things are pulled together like lesbian scene or taboo scene.
Basically, I only rate it 1 star because rating 0 star is not an option.
(And who the f*** eats eggs while having sex on the first time???)
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Educational on all levels!!!!!!
Verified purchase
So sad!!!!! Especially when you’re around other women who are competing for the number 1 spot. Young girls are truly left to fend for themselves in this particular culture. The expectation is so great for these young girls. Loved the movie and appreciated the quality of the story!!!!!!
One person found this helpful
Summer Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
You would have to be Chinese
Verified purchase
to understand this movie. Terrible to watch. Makes no sense at all. Don't spend your money on this one
3 people found this helpful
See all reviews