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Owl and the Sparrow (2007)

Cú và 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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Cast

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Lan
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Hai
Han Thi Pham ...
Thuy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trong Hai ...
The Captain
Pham Thi Han ...
Thuy
Nguyen Hau ...
Uncle Minh
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Bartender
Hoang Long ...
Soup boy
Bui Thi Noan ...
Orphan director
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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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Blew me Away
11 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the adoptive father of a Vietnamese orphan, I was absolutely blown away by this film, about a little girl, orphaned, who is living with/working for, her verbally abusive uncle and runs away to Saigon, where she lives on the street, selling post cards and roses, until she befriends a young adult woman and becomes the matchmaker between the woman and a young man. It's charming, but also heartbreaking because of the honest portrayal of children living on their own on the streets of Saigon, left to survive for themselves. There, but for the grace of God, could go my own lovely daughter. How rare it is to have four characters who are each so honest and genuine.


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