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I have been in Saigon for 9 years.
To me Saigon was initially a girl to conquer. Her feeling changes unpredictably, however, she is caring and thoughtful. She is intelligent, energetic and always keeps moving forward. I and Saigon grow up together. Saigon gives me motivation. Living in such a dynamic condition encourages me to improve myself, to learn something new everyday.
I remember those summer days when I was so in love, Saigon was happy for me. Those days, I love Saigon a little more because of the boy I love.
I remember when I was broken down, Saigon was silently watching over me. I made some mistakes. I recovered. Then I began again. Saigon is like a patient old friend who doesn’t judge or blame.
Over the past 9 years, I have been in the smallest corners, survived the biggest rains in history, tried local cuisines, visited many milk tea and coffee shops in Saigon. I’ve met many Saigoneses as well as people from other cities.
“Good Morning and Good Night” movie
If you are young and has been in Saigon, you may find yourself in the movie: When young, we struggle to find ourselves. Young Vietnamese people, especially those belong to gen Z, were born in a modern world where past and future are intertwined. We want to pursue our own passion, however, our parents want us to have a consistent job and a happy family. We sometimes have to choose between our dream and our parents’ dream because in Eastern culture saying “No” to parents is a sign of disrespect. We fall in love so easily and fall out of love even quicker. We are lonely in our relationships.
The film is beautiful. It is so real and dreamy at the same time. The film is rich in music and poetry. The two characters, one with a guitar and another with an ukulele, sing every time everywhere they go. Even though they have been hurt, failed or been in debt, they still love life, still sing out loud: “God, I don’t want to die.”
You have misread me
Your life and mine, are intertwined.
The film turns worries, struggles, sadness and loneliness of the young into lightness. Only then will you see that tomorrow is another chance. We still have family and friends who love us.
The meeting of the two characters and the choice to go together even for a short day result from the reason that they don’t know whether they will have any chance tomorrow. Therefore, to live to the fullest, they run to see the Ben Thanh night market opening at 6:45 and play lanterns on a full moon night before Mid-Autumn Festival 3 months.
No matter how much you love them in this life, if there is a next life… I’m not sure you will ever meet again…
So, do whatever you want to do today. Tomorrow might be too late. A movie is a combination of story, characters, sound and many other elements. My words cannot describe them all. Go to the cinema and let the movie touch your own feelings and story since tomorrow might be too late.