The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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By taking a fairly unromantic approach to the standard strangers-meet-in-a-cold-world premise, writer-director Stephane Gauger crafts a lovely, lovelorn fable.
Owl and the Sparrow is a beautifully com posed romance from Vietnam.
Stephane Gauger's debut feature, Owl and the Sparrow, is a charming little movie, nothing more.
Sentimental without being cloying, the film is a charmer, just like the gravely wide-eyed Pham.
Owl and the Sparrow is yet one more film that preaches the importance of opening your heart and reaching out to those around you, but that treacly sentiment is nicely undercut by the unvarnished naturalness of the actors.
A strangely overdone finalé, complete with surging musical crescendos and tears, rings false, given the earnest and unsentimental qualities exhibited elsewhere in Gauger's script and direction.
Director Gauger sees to it with a light, wistful touch plus a maximum of Vietnamese local color.
A captivating and engrossing drama brimming with genuine warmth and tenderness as well as a charismatic, radiant and heartfelt performance by newcomer Pham Thi Han.
A pleasant change of pace to see a film set in Saigon which isn't a high body-count splatter flick about the ravages of the war in Indochina. Worthwhile if only for the reminder that the Vietnamese are people, too!
An enchanting story of a homeless girl on the streets of Saigon who has a big heart and a yearning to be accepted for who she is.
For better and (largely) for worse, Stephane Gauger's Ho Chi Minh City-set Vietnamese-language debut Owl and the Sparrow is defined by its Amerindie aesthetic.
A simple Vietnamese story well told, one that evokes images of Truffaut and Panahi.
A really good, sweet, honest and touching movie. The cast is excellent, the story is well-crafted, and it shows quite well despite an obviously tiny budget. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of a very different culture, and people, who are able to find happiness in friendship despite the difficult circumstances they live in. Beautiful. Poignant. Made me tear up..what more can I gush about?
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