With or without me

2011 / Vietnam / 80min

Thi and Trung live in the gorgeous, rice-terraced mountains of Vietnam’s far northwest. Like many young men in this region on the main heroin route from Laos to China, they’re addicts, and they have HIV. Thi wants to kick his habit. Trung just wants to die. “With or Without Me ” is an intimate, tragicomic portrayal of two guys strung out at the edge of the map in a Communist country struggling with drug use, and of the wives, family, doctors and friends trying to pull them back from the brink.



  • Original title
    Trong Hay Ngoai Tay Em
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Swann Dubus, Tran Phuong Thao
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Swann Dubus
  • Editing
    Julie Beziau
  • Music
  • Sound
    Tran Phuong Thao
  • Duration
    80 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Vietnam
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
  • Distribution
    TRAN Phuong Thao / DUBUS Swann
    353/40/5 An Duong Vuong
    e-mail: swanndm@yahoo.fr, tpthao1977@yahoo.fr
  • Festivals
  • Awards


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