Out of the overcrowded eight million in modern-day Saigon comes this tiny tale about hope. Thuy (Pham Thi Han) is a spirited little girl who runs away from her uncle’s bamboo blinds factory and must learn how to survive on the streets. Selling roses, she quickly befriends Lan (Cat Ly), a beautiful flight attendant who is caught in a loveless relationship, and Hai (Le The Lu), a broken-hearted zookeeper about to lose his only family, a baby elephant. Charmed by Thuy’s innocent wisdom, her new friends become troubled about her past and worry about her future.
Over four days, as Thuy faces the threats of poverty, being placed in an orphanage, or having to return to the factory, Lan and Hai take inspiration from her ability to see how it’s worth taking chances to be true to one’s self. Celebrating the human soul, Fauger interweaves a narrative set within the lively and vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Influenced by Dogme ’95 his freely moving camera is unobtrusive and yet intimate. Connecting people from all different walks of life, this is a heart-warming story about discovering family and love even in the most difficult of circumstances.
– Heather Keung
Stephane Gauger was born in Saigon and raised in Orange County, California. He received a bachelor in theatre and French literature, and has worked in production on independent films such as Sundance winner Three Seasons. His debut feature film Owl and the Sparrow (Executive producer Ham Tran, Journey From the Fall, 2006) has been awarded the grand jury prize at the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival.