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Colonialism has inevitably transpired throughout the whole world at some point such as Vietnam Africa and India The film Inchochine directed by Rgis Wargnier the novel The Lover by Marguerite Duras and The Country of Memory vividly describes the perspectives and not well-known truths about the French colonial period in Vietnam in various ways French colonialists first arrived in Vietnam in 1858 and after France won the Sino French war against China France took over the northern Vietnam creating French Indochina French Indochina quickly divided people with race and class The native Vietnamese citizens were divided into Elite merchants peasants and as well as volus a French term that refer to natives who evolved by accepting French values and became French citizens later on The societal differences caused by class and race classification system brought countless problems in French Indochina Within French Indochina there was a city called Saigon or also known as Paris of the East where Indochine and The Lover take place These film and novels share many similarities as well as differences in plot including perspectives on colonialism racism transformations through experience and themesMany characters of both film and the novel have certain motives and go through inner transformations throughout the stories In the film Indochine Camille is a young Vietnamese girl adopted by French plantation owner in colonial French Indochina who fell in love with a French lieutenant Jean- Baptiste Camilles motive did not seem clear in the beginning At first all she wanted to do is to run away from all the tragedies that were happening in Vietnam and be safe with Jean-Baptiste and her baby However as she further witnessed the true color of the colonialism she decided to fight against it by joining the communist party As for Jean-Baptiste he only focused on his duty and even attempts to drown a father and a son because he suspected that they were smuggling opium But upon meeting Eliane Devries
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