Oliver Stone returns to the subject of Vietnam for a third time with HEAVEN AND EARTH, a film based on the autobiographies of Le Ly Hayslip. Stone's usual fervor is evident, but misdirected, and the result is a well-crafted but dispassionate telling of a woman's life story. Le Ly (Hiep Thi
Le) and her family lead idyllic lives in a small rice farming village in Vietnam, but the harmony is destroyed with the coming of war. After suffering much, Le Ly meets and marries an American soldier (Tommy Lee Jones) who takes her to America. There, she struggles with the complexities and
contradictions of her new life.
The sensibility that served Stone so powerfully in te...