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MIFF Review: The Nightingale

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Ren Xing (Xin Yi Yang) is a young girl who lives a life entrapped in the wonders of modern technology. Her mother (Xiao Ran Li) and father (Hao Qin) are both always busy at work, and so depend on the help of their nanny to look after Ren Xing while they are away on business trips. But when her parents are one day called upon to leave the country on business affairs, and their nanny must leave for her son’s wedding, they find themselves with nobody to take care of Ren Xing. Nobody except for Ren Xing’s grandfather, a kind old man that lives a quiet, somewhat nomadic life out in the Chinese countryside. Due to a previous fallout that Ren Xing’s father had with her grandfather, Ren Xing’s father refused to put her in his temporary custody.

However, unable to find any other solution, Ren Xing’s mother sends Ren Xing to stay with her grandfather without the knowledge of her husband. The Nightingale follows the petulant Ren Xing and her grandfather as he encourages her to escape from technology and embrace the wonders of nature. As the film progresses, we see Ren Xing change from an immature girl who relies on technology to that of a girl who forms a close bond with the grandfather she barely knew.

From the moment that I pressed the play button to review this film, I felt myself captivated in it’s interesting, yet emotional plot. I couldn’t find any negatives that I could use to criticise the film, as it was simply a very well structured movie. The actors were able to embody their characters with confidence, which added to my interest in the movie. Complimented by the beautiful scenery that drew the viewer deeper in to the film, The Nightingale is a perfect example of a modern masterpiece.

Final rating: 9/10

Reviewd By: Alexander Senese- Jones

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