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Movie Review: Little Wing (2016) Sep 26, 2018

Movie Review: Little Wing (2016)

Rating: star star star star star (5 stars out of 5)
Cast: Linnea Skog, Paula Vesala, Lauri Maijala
Director: Selma Vilhunen
Writer: Selma Vilhunen
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 1h 40min
Premiere Date: 23 September 2016
Country: Finland
Awards: RiverRun International Film Festival 2017, Nordic Council 2017, Jussi Awards 2017
Price: FREE
Screening Location: Nay Pyi Taw Cinema, Yangon, Myanmar
Event: European Film Festival

European Film Festival Yangon

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European Film Festival
As serendipity would have it, as I was exploring my neighborhood, I came upon a movie house, Nay Pyi Taw Cinema, showing paid commercial and free filmfest movies. It was the European Film Festival. I was just in time for the screening of Little Wing from Finland. I simply took the ticket and enjoyed the movie...just like that. Sweet, no?

The story centers on a troubled 12-year old girl and her relationship with her mother. She hasn't seen her father since birth and keeps making excuses to her equestrian friends why her father can't pick her up. She longs to be with him. She's also frustrated about her mother who can't seem to get it together and who keeps failing her driving exam. On a whim, she took on to search for her father. She finds him but he wasn't exactly what she was hoping. This brought about dramatic changes to her, her mother and her father.

The cadence was slow but engaging. The acting was very natural - perhaps even under-acting. Where the movie already makes a point, it is no longer verbalized. I like that part - it doesn't insult your intelligence. Where there was no need for talk, the powerful soundtrack took the reigns. The story was simple but not boring. It was honest enough that you could relate to because it emulates life...not some contrived Hollywood creation.

Movie Review: Little Wing (2016)

Ending Thoughts
I couldn't find a flaw in the film - nothing sticking out like a sore thumb. Moreover, the movie had a lingering effect on me long after the screening. It got me emotionally invested in it. I guess those are 2 litmus tests I use to benchmark a movie - out of place elements and its lingering effect. I would highly recommend this movie...if you can find it.

The film fest lasts until Sep 30 screening 2 free movies/day. Woohoo! As a movie buff, I feel like Dracula hired by a blood bank!

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Yangon International Airport Yangon International Airport

hotels in Yangon HOTEL
  • Beautyland Hotel II Beautyland Hotel II - central location, backpacker friendly, affordable, breakfast & laundry included
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How to Get to Downtown Yangon from the Yangon International Airport (RGN)
  1. take the shuttle bus from Airport to Downtown Yangon, it costs MMK 500. It passes through the main artery of Yangon.
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(as of Jan 2020)
Myanmar FYI / Travel Tips
  1. accommodation - not all destinations in Myanmar can accommodate foreign travelers. Walk-in hotel guests could be refused. Better make an online booking, or make sure the hotel you wish to stay, at is listed in the online booking sites (Agoda,, etc.)
  2. local time - adjust time 30 mins behind from Thailand (if arriving from Thailand)
  3. Burmese people - Burmese people are new to what's happening to Myanmar - being opened-up to the rest of the world. They remain friendly, helpful and curious. Tourism being new, the culture is not yet corrupted by it.
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
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