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Owl & The Sparrow (2007)

Cat Ly , The Lu Le , Stephane Gauger  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cat Ly, The Lu Le, Han Thi Pham, Trong Hai, Pham Thi Han
  • Directors: Stephane Gauger
  • Writers: Stephane Gauger
  • Producers: Stephane Gauger, Ham Tran, Jimmy Pham, Nam Doan Nhat, Timothy Linh Bui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393SFV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Owl & The Sparrow" on IMDb

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In Vietnamese with English Subtitles

Editorial Reviews

On the bustling streets of Saigon, three very different people all seeking connection are about to collide. A beautiful flight attendant looking for love. A zookeeper hiding within his animal kingdom to nurse a broken heart. And the young flower-selling runaway who brings them together. But to avoid the authorities and a strict uncle tracking her down, she will need all of her cleverness and determination if she is going to grab any chance at lasting happiness.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surviving on the Streets of Vietnam May 22, 2010
"The Owl and the Sparrow" takes place in a small Vietnamese village. Ten-year-old Thuy (Pham Thi Han) is mostly confined to working in her uncle's bamboo factory. This changes when she runs away to Saigon. Thuy must come to grips with the challenges of daily survival and becomes part of an interconnected relationship with beautiful flight attendant Lan (Cat Ly) and lonely zookeeper Han (Le The Lu). To avoid the authorities and her strict uncle tracking her down, Thuy must summon all her cleverness and determination in her attempt at lasting happiness.

The film is somewhat predictable but is remarkable in its feeling of hope. Young Han is immediately endearing. Though she elicits sympathy, we admire her independence and ability to survive day to day in the crowded streets of Saigon. The film starts to feel contrived when the two characters Thuy meets merge so neatly. Though we get a sense of Thuy's less-than-ideal existence, director Stephane Gauger downplays harsher elements of life on the streets in favor of a more romanticized perspective. Bonus extras include director's audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and deleted scenes.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have watched it several times. June 15, 2010
It is a nice heartwarming movie. There are some moments where you may need to have a box of tissues handy. I have been to Vietnam and specifically Saigon (HCMC). There are many kids on the street begging and selling. They are the cutest kids you'll ever see and it breaks your heart to see their conditions. This movie is well worth watching. It is more interesting than most of the crap from Hollywood these days.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Wonderful Movie June 12, 2010
The Owl and the Sparrow is the most wonderful movie I have seen in years. Romanticized? Yes, but why not? The humanity and compassion of the perfect cast is the message, and our need for connection and family. Subtitles - ok, get over it. See this movie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful March 6, 2011
This is a lovely movie of contemporary Vietnam. Everything about it is quite wonderful; the child actress, the story, the texture of everyday life in the streets of Saigon. Especially impressive is the cinematography; every shot balanced and skillful. A bit of a tearjerker storyline towards the end but 100% enjoyable. Very well done. Highly recommended.

Also, as someone who is old enough to have lived through the Vietnam War, it made a deep impression on me to see Saigon here as a normal Asian city, fresh and vibrant, and largely recovered from the tragedies which tore apart two countries - theirs and ours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely precious... March 6, 2011
By Trish
I wish they made more movies like this in the U.S. No sudden shots of nude girls bumping and grinding in bars, people huffing and puffing in bed, blood, guts or gore, no horrible ending that just makes you feel kinda depressed when it is all over. This movie shows you don't have to be shocking to be entertaining. The acting is perfectly fine, the story seems as if Yeal, it could happen. And I wanted to adopt that little orphan girl so badly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loneliness is everywhere February 21, 2011
A young orphan girl flees loneliness from her uncle's window shade factory, ending up in Saigon. A zookeeper, happy with his animals but unsuccessful with his personal relationships, is set to lose one of his best friends... an elephant he has raised since birth. And a successful flight attendant ("You are beautiful and you have a job!") dines alone in a city of millions, wondering why she feels so different than others.

In Owl And The Sparrow, these three stories are woven together to form a tale of mutualism and discovery. Can ten-year-old Thuy survive on the streets of Saigon? Will Han lose his elephant? Will Lan find an appreciative partner?

Which god is represented by the noodle boy?

A bit predictable, but the three primary actors make this movie work. In Vietnamese with English subtitles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Movie March 29, 2011
The Owl and the Sparrow is a Vietnamese movie that follows the main character, Thuy on her journey from her uncle's factory to the streets. Thuy's parents died and she works at her uncles factory. He isn't nice to her and she leaves the factory to fend her herself on the streets. She meets other children who also live on the streets and survive by selling postcards or flowers. Along her journey, Thuy meets two people who are very nice to her. I like the movie. It gives you a glimpse of the life of street children in Vietnam and you get a feel for the culture. A movie with a nice ending that makes you smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable May 12, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Enjoyable film. Adorable, unusual hero, a bit sappy but occasionally I can appreciate that. Not your typical big budget film. Amazing acting by the 10 year old first time actor. Reminds me a bit of Whale Rider in that I would think those who enjoyed one would enjoy the other.

This is a great movie for when you want a bit of the triumph of the human spirit over the relentless grind the everyday world seems to be on the scale most of us live in (unlike most movies).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie
Published 1 month ago by Patrick M. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Owl & Sparrow
I liked this movie for its happy ending, in spite of the harsh realities of life in Viet Nam the protagonists have to endure
Published 9 months ago by Quang L. Phan
3.0 out of 5 stars Rating is based on feedback from someone else
I bought this as a gift for my mom. She was really looking forward to watching it, but told me she got a little bored with it and it wasn't as good as she thought it would be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thao
5.0 out of 5 stars Goat Hot Pot Soup
What a lovely and touching film. Love is a universal language. Remember to get either some good noodle or goat hot pot soup!
Published 11 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Wow. What a strong performance by Han Thi Pham! She is so adorable and yet very believable. Her eyes tell stories all by themselves and you find yourself rooting for her... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Scott S.
5.0 out of 5 stars low budget film but not low quality
I'm a sucker for a really good indie film, and this film is fantastic. I'm not one for reviewing but this is a film that you won't regret buying or seeing.
Published 13 months ago by leybos
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Female
A strong female portrayal but the storyline had too many inconsistencies in her and others behavior and in background information. Read more
Published 14 months ago by G. Teslovich
5.0 out of 5 stars The Owl and The Sparrow
The Owl and The Sparrow
What a lovely story my Vietnamese wife has dementia is also enjoying it
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Published 20 months ago by Tony Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful family movie
This movie was just wonderful. Parts of it were heart breaking when Thuy was selling first postcards and then roses on the streets of Saigon. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Sweenjr56
2.0 out of 5 stars watch Three Seasons instead
A few years back, we had the movie, Three Seasons, from Vietnam. This effort is similar in scope, but not of the same quality and camera work can be of the amateur level.
Published on February 10, 2012 by catungawandave
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