Owl and the Sparrow is one of those movies that you hope you'll run into at a film festival. The kind that you wander into, not knowing much about, maybe something from the logline in the festival guide caught your eye, maybe you liked the poster, or maybe it just filled a time slot nicely and you thought you'd check it out. However, once the film starts rolling and the story gets going, you count yourself lucky for having found it.
This is a wonderful, character-driven story that takes place on the streets of Saigon, which are presented unapologetically. The hustle and bustle of daily life is shown alongside the squalor and depravity that features children working, hawking everything from postcards to soup. During the day, the streets are filled with endless droves of people on motorscooters, flitting about the city, and at night it's transformed into a neon jungle full of nightlife.