Owl and the Sparrow (2007)
"Cu va chim se se" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  2 August 2008 (Japan)
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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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Credited cast:
The Lu Le ...
Han Thi Pham ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trong Hai ...
The Captain
Pham Thi Han ...
Nguyen Hau ...
Uncle Minh
Hoang Long ...
Soup boy
Bui Thi Noan ...
Orphan director
Thi Han Phan ...
Nguyen Kim Phuong ...
Le Nguyen Vu ...
The magician


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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2 August 2008 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Lovely Rose  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$47,071 (USA) (3 April 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Lovely story of loving hearts triumphing in a cold world
10 January 2011 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I don't know anything about movie composition, shots, lighting etc so my rating about the movie storyline and how it affected me, not about the technical production by the director. Clearly, the story talks about young children trying to make it on the street in a large city, a heart-rending proposition in most cases. Frankly, I cared about the little girl from the opening sequences on and I got more and more worried about her blundering about on her own... Through her lucky fate and her own pluckiness and "goodness of heart", she makes it on the streets for about a week, manages to worm herself into the heart of two unrelated strangers and actually brings them together! That little girl had amazing insight into the hearts and minds of adults. Miracles do happen, heart-melting events do happen, moving stories do happen. The story is totally vietnamese, features vietnamese scenes from the country and the street, children trying to fit into the adult world, and adults trying to make sense of their own lives. Great story!

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