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Owl and the Sparrow -- 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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2 August 2008 (Japan) See more »
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An orphan girl plays matchmaker to a flight attendant and lonely zoo keeper.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Another gem from Vietnam See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Cat Ly ... Lan
The Lu Le ... Hai
Han Thi Pham ... Thuy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trong Hai ... The Captain
Pham Thi Han ... Thuy
Nguyen Hau ... Uncle Minh

Teresa Michelle Lee ... Bartender
Hoang Long ... Soup boy
Bui Thi Noan ... Orphan director

Danvy Pham ... Dancer
Thi Han Phan ... Thuy
Nguyen Kim Phuong ... Phuong
Le Nguyen Vu ... The magician
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Directed by
Stephane Gauger 
 
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Stephane Gauger 

Produced by
Timothy Linh Bui .... executive producer
Nam Doan Nhat .... producer
Stephane Gauger .... producer
Van Quan Nguyen .... producer
Jimmy Pham .... executive producer
Ham Tran .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Pete Nguyen 
 
Cinematography by
Stephane Gauger 
 
Film Editing by
Ricardo Javier 
Ham Tran 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jenni Trang Le .... first assistant director
Thanh Son Le .... second assistant director (as Le Thanh Son)
 
Sound Department
Gabe Verger .... supervising sound editor
 
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
Anne Stulz .... publicist
 
Thanks
Danny Do .... special thanks
Anderson Le .... special thanks
Charlie Nguyen .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Cu va chim se se" - Vietnam (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and some smoking
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97 min
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Canada:G (British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | South Korea:12 | USA:PG
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The Film had its world premier at 2007 Rotterdam Film FestivalSee more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Another gem from Vietnam, 2 February 2012
Author: sekander from Thailand

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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