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The Nightingale (2013)

Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 6 November 2015 (USA)
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The story of an elderly man and his granddaughter who walk together through China with a bird in a cage.


Philippe Muyl


Philippe Muyl
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Baotian Li ... Zhu Zhi Gen (Grandfather) (as Li Bao Tian)
Xiaoran Li ... Ren Quan Ying (Mother) (as Xiao Ran Li)
Hao Qin ... Zhu Chong Yi (Father)
Xin Yi Yang Xin Yi Yang ... Ren Xing
Rui Ying Li Rui Ying Li ... Professeur de dance (dance teacher)
Huan Huan Wei Huan Huan Wei ... Secrétaire de Chong Yi (Ching Yi's secretary)
Jie Liu Jie Liu ... Vieil homme de parc (Old man in the park)
Jian Lan Shi Jian Lan Shi ... Lan
Zong Shun Yao Zong Shun Yao ... Li Feng Shu
Ni Suo Ni Suo ... Animatrice
Yue Hai Huang Yue Hai Huang ... Chauffeur du bus (bus driver)
Jun Neng Liang Jun Neng Liang ... Paysan (peasant)
Jin Li Wu Jin Li Wu ... Pecheur (fisherman)
Peng Liang Yang Peng Liang Yang ... A Lang
Jin Huo Yang Jin Huo Yang ... Mei Jiang
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The story of an elderly man and his granddaughter who walk together through China with a bird in a cage.

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Drama | Family


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The project started out as a Chinese-language remake of director Philippe Muyl's own The Butterfly (2002) before evolving into an original screenplay. See more »


Ne lache pas ma main
Written by Philippe Muyl and Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen
Performed by Vanessa Cailhol with Alban Sautour on guitar
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Such an underrated movie!
20 November 2017 | by NoxSeismicaSee all my reviews

When I began watching this movie, I thought it was just going to be one of the many movies I've seen but this movie has touched me deeply. It's a beautiful movie and the dichotomy of city/village and urban/rural areas is definitely present. It's a story about getting in touch with your roots and origins, it's a story about our presence in the world and the importance of human interactions with a small critique of technology. It follows the granddaughter of a man who lives in the city and has to spend some days with her grandfather. Together, they go on adventures and the grandfather opens a new world to her, a new world full of possibilities where she feels alive for the first time. It's a beautifully crafted movie and well photographed. Maybe some people will think that it lacks something or that the goal of the movie itself is simplistic but the reason why it doesn't aspire to be much is also the reason why it's so good. I recommend this movie for everyone, especially if you are interested in a heartwarming road movie through rural China because you'll definitely feel uplifted by the beautiful nature and the message it sends. Sometimes a message that we're not aware that it exists in the world around us.

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