The nightingale

The nightingale

Streaming Video - 2013 | Chinese
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In The Nightingale, Zhigen (Bao Tian Li) honors the request of his late wife by going back to his home town to free his bird, his sole companion in his senior years. He expected to go on this journey alone but he has been entrusted with Renxing (Xin Yi Yang), his granddaughter, a young spoiled city girl from Beijing, while her parents are out of town. This constraint becomes a welcome diversion on his mission. During this journey at the edge of traditional China, in all its magnificent natural landscapes, these two individuals will discover one another and share experiences and adventures. The little girl will discover new values, particularly the ones of the heart, and the importance of family and tradition.
Audience: NRC
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2013.
[United States] : Kino Lorber, 2013.
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (1 video file (circa 100 min.)) : sound, color.
Alternative Title: Le promeneur d'oiseau


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Dec 17, 2017

This is a very sweet and wonderful family drama that is suitable for all families. The story includes three generations. Grandpa at the request of his late wife had to make a trip back to his home town to free his bird that had accompanied him for over 13 years. He had to bring with him his grand-daughter, a young spoiled city girl whose parents were out of town.
The story also showed the father and son inspiration in the Chinese culture and relationship.
This is an entertaining movie that worth watching. It is with English subtitle.

Oct 24, 2016

In the timeless tradition of Ozu and reminiscing of Zhang Yimou's Riding Alone for 1000s Miles, director Philippe Muyl (Butterfly) brings this familiar story of inter-generational conflict and reconciliation to the age of iPhone and tablets, with a slight French accent. Endearing cast and amazing scenery of Guang Xi province with its stately covered bridges and ancient banyan trees @ Yang Shuo.

Jul 15, 2016

Extraordinary filming of all the beauty of the country side of China. I fell in love with the boldness of each of the family members; especially the grandfather. This film had me thinking of family ties and how important they are in the development of each person on this planet. Loved this film!!

May 27, 2016



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Sep 08, 2016

To keep the promise made to his wife, Zhigen decides to return to his native village to release his bird, unique companion of his old years. He planned to make this journey alone, but he was given Renxing, his granddaughter, spoiled young city, forced to leave with him. 90%/88%

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