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Recommended for Ages 10+
An unusual friendship develops between two 11 –year-old girls, Thuy Linh and Pauline, in this spirited film filled with heart and humor.
Dependable and hard-working Thuy Linh is left alone to care for her younger sister, Tien, when their single mother unexpectedly leaves Germany to care for their sick grandmother in Vietnam. No one must find out that the sisters are living alone—not their teachers, the police, or especially the youth welfare office.
But someone has discovered Thuy Linh’s secret. Pauline is bored with her “ordinary” life and thinks it must be cool to live without parents. Pauline is sure Thuy Linh’s life is filled with adventure and forces her way into it. However, as the girls get to know each other, Pauline begins to understand the challenges Thuy Linh faces, while Thuy Linh learns to trust someone outside her family. Together they discover the wonderful power that friendship brings.
Note to parents: This film has some mild language use.Eleven-year-old Linh shows great grace under pressure. When her mother, who is raising her kids on her own, has to return unexpectedly to Vietnam, Linh looks after her little sister Tien and the family restaurant on her own. Of course, no one is supposed to find out, not the school, not the neighbors, and definitely not child protective services. But Linh’s biggest problem is Pauline, the daredevil from across the street who has the whole neighborhood under surveillance and can’t imagine anything cooler than a life without parents. When Pauline blackmails the Vietnamese sisters into starting a gang with her, the three girls set off on a daring adventure.
HOW WE HANDLE SUBTITLES
To enhance our young viewer’s appreciation of foreign-language films, we have readers red the subtitles aloud. We play the readings through individual headsets.