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The Nightingale

Wednesday 5 August 2015
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm


The Nightingale is a remake by French director Philippe Muhl, 60, of his decade-old The Butterfly(Le Papillon, 2002). Swapping the spectacular Prealps scenery of the Vercors Plateau in southeast France for the hilly, verdant landscape around Guilin and Yangshuo in southern China, Muyl conjures up the same natural magic and easy charm as in the original, despite the move to another continent and culture. But Nightingale is more than just a remake with a few tweaks: Muyl, his Mainland co-writers, and the strong cast make the film seem absolutely rooted in its setting rather than just an awkward European transplant, and also come up with a richer (if equally fanciful) product of their own.

Directed by Philippe Muyl
China/France 2013
100 mins Drama

Beijing, the present day. For the past 18 years the widowed Zhu Zhigen (Li Baotian) has been living in the capital with only an ageing nightingale for company; each day he walks with it to the local park. His son, successful architect Chongyi (Eric Qin), hasn't talked to him for four years and is about to be divorced by his wife, Qianying (Li Xiaoran), an equally busy executive. Zhigen decides it's time to visit his home village in Guangxi province, southern China, with the nightingale he originally brought from there and offers to take along their young daughter, Renxing (Yang Xinyi).

The spoiled Renxing, who likes her urban comforts, objects; but she has no choice when Qianying agrees. Arriving by train in Guilin after a long journey, the pair accidentally take the wrong bus to Yangshuo and end up spending the night in a farmer's house. Next day they start walking back to Guilin but get lost in the forest, where they spend the next night in a cave. Gradually, Renxing starts to enjoy the non-urban life and to bond with her grandfather. But then Chongyi returns early from his business trip and hears what has happened.


"There is plenty of heart in this affecting film whose song sings sweetly as it finds its notes on the forest stave." Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

"Vibrant, uplifting and authentic." Cameron Williams, Filmink (Australia) 

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