One more place we visited in Vietnam was the Thiên Mu Pagoda.
At first, not realizing where we were, it seemed like another chance to see some bonsai trees and carvings and stuff…
But then we came to this… the car driven by Thich Quang Duc to his self-immolation in 1963.
I first learned about that terrifying day a few years ago:
But somehow in my head the movie sort of started with him in the street dousing himself with gasoline. Thinking of driving yourself to your death, of having breakfast that day, brushing your teeth, simply being alive all morning… and the day before… yikes.