Lost in Paradise (2011)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Gay & Lesbian Films, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Germany , Vietnam   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

The lives of young men caught up in the sex trade in Ho Chi Minh City are the focus of this drama from director Ngoc Dang Vu. Khoi (Khoa Vihn Ho) is just out of his teens and has left a small town in the country for the opportunities of the big city, but while he thinks he's found a benefactor in hunky rent boy Dong (Linh Son), he instead ends up ripped off with no money and no where to go. Dong's boyfriend Lam (Manh Hai Luong) isn't happy about this, and after Dong takes off with someone else, Lam happens upon Khoi, who is now turning tricks to support himself. Lam returns Khoi's money and belongings, and the two fall in love, but while Lam wants Khoi to give up life on the street, he's not sure how else to earn a living in the city. This difficult relationship becomes more complicated when Dong returns, hoping to make amends with Lam. Meanwhile, Hahn (Phuong Thang), a streetwalker past her prime, falls into a relationship with Cuoi (Hieu Hien), a simple-minded but open-hearted man whose closest companion is a duck he's raised from an egg. Hotboy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Vet Hang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem Va Con Vit (aka Lost In Paradise) was controversial upon its initial release in Vietnam as one of the first locally produced film to heal with homosexuality in a straightforward and non-judgmental manner.