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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
The Lu Le ...
Hai
Han Thi Pham ...
Thuy
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Trong Hai ...
The Captain
Pham Thi Han ...
Thuy
Nguyen Hau ...
Uncle Minh
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Hoang Long ...
Soup boy
Bui Thi Noan ...
Orphan director
Danvy Pham ...
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Thi Han Phan ...
Thuy
Nguyen Kim Phuong ...
Phuong
Le Nguyen Vu ...
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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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Great change of pace
17 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this film not expecting it to be anything much but I thought it was a respectable effort after I had seen it. I must admit I was surprised to be the only person in a cinema with about 200 seats-I think that speaks to the way people are avoiding going out these days in general more than it speaks to the quality of the film. The use of colour in the film was very good and the part played by a kid was very well done-it is a film that also shows various shots of kids all over the Vietnam area and I think some other places also-sort of like a 'homage' to kids-as they are often forgotten parts of the modern world in many ways in the sense that modern society is mostly about being adults-people forget there are kids growing up all over the place taking in the never ending adult self gratification show from a distance. The film is sensitive and intelligent-and not in English-it is in Vietnamese, but has easy to read English subtitles. Great shots of grinning kids from all over East Asia. Fun and a treat if you like world cinema.


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