Adapted from a collection of short stories by Vietnamese writer Son Nam, this beautiful film offers a rare, poetic glimpse of life in rural Vietnam during the French occupation. Like many other poor tenant rice farmers in the southern province of Ca Mau, 15-year-old Kim (Le The Lu) and his parents depend entirely their two buffalo for their livelihood. This year's rainy season, however, has hit hard, and the rains have rotted the grass on which the buffalo feed. Kim's mother fears that unless the animals are moved to another region, they'll starve to death. Kim's ailing father, Dinh (Nguyen Huu Thanh), at first insists that they can't afford to hire professional herd...