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Cú và chim se se (2007)

PG | | Drama | 2 August 2008 (Japan)
In modern-day Saigon, three lonely strangers form a unique family as a ten-year old orphan plays matchmaker to a zookeeper and a beautiful flight attendant.

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Lan
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Hai
Han Thi Pham ...
Thuy
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Trong Hai ...
The Captain
Pham Thi Han ...
Thuy
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Uncle Minh
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Hoang Long ...
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Bui Thi Noan ...
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Danvy Pham ...
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Thi Han Phan ...
Thuy
Nguyen Kim Phuong ...
Phuong
Le Nguyen Vu ...
The magician
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A child's resilience and the kindness of strangers. Thuy is 10, an orphan, working in her uncle's factory outside Saigon. He berates her constantly, so she runs away to Saigon. Over five days, we watch her survive on the streets selling flowers, while her uncle looks for her. She encounters Hai, a reserved zoo-keeper whose fiancée has jilted him. She also sells a flower to Lan, a flight attendant in the city for a layover, unlucky in love, who buys dinner for Thuy and offers her a place to stay that night. Thuy, who thinks of Lan as a sparrow and Hai as an owl, determines to bring them together. If she succeeds, then what; and what about her uncle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An orphan girl plays matchmaker to a flight attendant and lonely zoo keeper.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some smoking | See all certifications »

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Cinco días en Saigón  »

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$6,640 (USA) (13 February 2009)

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$47,071 (USA) (3 April 2009)
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Another gem from Vietnam
2 February 2012 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Its hard to imagine a country that has been through more heartache and tragedy than Vietnam over the last 100 years. Occupied by the French, then the Americans, then the Russians....the mere fact of their survival points to a strong, national character and the movies coming out of this country over the last 15 years or so all have a strong moral compass and a soul rarely seen in Western films these days.

Continuing in the fine tradition of films like The Scent Of Green Papaya, Cyclo, Three Seasons, etc., Owl and the Sparrow is an absolute jewel. Its hard not to be touched by the gritty, 3rd World reality forced upon children who have no time to be kids. The suffering of the Vietnamese people over the last 100 years has imbued them with a dogged determination to overcome at all odds and the little 10 year old girl, Thuy, who is the main focus of the movie, shows that grit and determination while still retaining the adorable charm of a child. And I don't like kids!!!!!

Enough people have commented on the plot line and the technical aspects before. Suffice to say this is a feel-good movie of the first order. If you are not emotionally all in by the end of this movie, better check your pulse.


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