Orphaned ten-year-old country girl Thuy (Pham) flees rural Bien Hoa for
the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. In another kind of movie, her fate
would be a dismal one. But in Vietnam-born, U.S.-raised filmmaker
Stephane Gauger’s sweet-natured fairy tale, a lost child can broker
redemptive romance between two lonely adults: a heartbroken zookeeper
(Le), recently jilted by his fiancée, and a stewardess (Cat) who’s
mired in a dead-end relationship. Sentimental without being cloying,
the film is a charmer, just like the gravely wide-eyed Pham.