LISTENERS: THE WHISPERING

The movie is about a psychologist, Tuong Minh who provides psychotherapy to An Nhien, a young female writer suffering from anxiety disorder. Nhien states that she’s obsessed by a certain girl. Strangely, the girl she mentioned is the main character in her first novel, The Whispering. Through the treatment and study of her novel, Tuong Minh gradually realizes that what Nhien wrote in her book is not fictitious, but her real sorrowful memories. With his professional methods, Minh tries to help Nhien face her unpleasant story in the past. He hopes she could overcome her obession and commence a new life.
However, during the treatment, Minh steadily immerses himself in Nhien’s story and her obession. He starts to see nightmares regularly and have hallucination. He even finds himself obessed by a girl. Gradually, he isn’t able to distinguish between reality and imagination. The obsession which becomes more serious makes him confused and almost insane. Though he denies his psychological disorder, the increasing obession causes him to kill himself unconsciously.
At the moment of life and death, Tuong Minh is saved by An Nhien. When calm, he realizes the girl obsessing him the whole time is the one from his painful past which he did forget about due to selective amnesia. That girl is Thuy Duong, his first love, who passed away. It’s to say, through the treatment for An Nhien, Tuong Minh’s horrific memories are awake. In the past, an 18-year-old Tuong Minh fell in love with Thuy Duong. Due to her complicated family issue, Duong was a vulnerable and ambivalent person, which led to the couple’s break-up. Stuck in the troubles of family and love, Duong committed suicide. Minh hurtfully blamed her death on himself. Then, he killed himself but was saved by his family. However, the severe trauma made him suffer from selective amnesia. Therefore, he couldn’t remember anything about Thuy Duong and the involved memories.
Eventually, with An Nhien’s help, Tuong Minh bravely faces his painful past. He’s also able to relieve the feelings of guilt he has been suffering for the last 15 years. Regarding An Nhien, through the journey of treatment with Tuong Minh, she understands the meaning of listening, sharing and facing the pains. She now can get over her obsession and begin a new life.

  • Khoa Nguyễn
    Director
  • Khoa Nguyễn
    Writer
  • Nguyên Duy, Nguyễn
    Executive Producer
  • Khoa Nguyễn
    Producer
  • Nhật Thanh, Nguyễn
    Producer
  • Quang Sự
    Key Cast
    “Tường Minh”
  • Oanh Kiều
    Key Cast
    “An Nhiên”
  • Phạm Quỳnh Anh
    Key Cast
    “Phương Vy”
  • Quốc Cường
    Key Cast
    “Tuấn Khang”
  • Lý Hồng Ân
    Key Cast
    “Thuỳ Dương”
  • Y Zell Bya
    DOP
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    2 hours
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Viet Nam
  • Country of Filming:
    Viet Nam
  • Language:
    Vietnamese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm, Arri
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Asian Cinematography AWARDS (ACA)
    Manila
    Philippines
    June 1, 2021
    Finalist
  • Asia Film Art International Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    June 24, 2021
    Winner Awards: Special Mention Feature Film / Best Actress / Special Mention Actor
  • International New York Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    July 12, 2021
    Gold Award Winner: Best Feature
  • Gold Movie Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    August 18, 2021
    Monthly Winner & Semi-Finalist
Distribution Information
  • Lotte Entertaiment
    Distributor
    Country: Viet Nam
    Rights: Theatrical
  • TFilm
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Khoa Nguyễn

Nguyen Dang Khoa (Khoa Nguyen)
Born in 1981
Graduated from University of Social Sciences and Humanities, major in Library and Information in 2003 and from Ho Chi Minh City University of Theater and Cinema, major in Directing in 2018.
Producer of movie projects: Cho Em Gan Anh Them Chut Nua, My Nhan Than Sach, Choc Tuc Vo Yeu.
Director of short films: Tim Thay Nhau (Beyond The Window), Come Back Home.
Short film Come Back Home participated in 11 international fesitivals in The United States, Spanish, Poland, Italia, China, Macau, India, The Philippines, South Africa and Australia
Co-founder of nCOLORS Production.

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