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The Nightingale


China/France (100 mins, dir. Philippe Muyl)

Look up from the iPad for a moment. You never know what you're missing.

Urbane and affluent 10-year-old Renxing immerses herself day and night in a brightly lit world of handheld electronic devices. When her parents leave on separate business trips, Renxing has to accompany her grandfather on a trip through the Chinese countryside to his tiny hometown, far from both reception and electricity. Renxing can't bear the thought of leaving the city, but soon discovers the joys of living offline.

A timeless tale of intergenerational misunderstanding with a modern edge, The Nightingale is the latest offering from French filmmaker Philippe Muyl. Ravishingly shot and filled with heart, the film reminds us that even in the age of Wikipedia there is plenty that the oldest can teach the youngest – and vice versa.

GENRE: Drama

KEY THEMES: Family, generational differences, technology addiction, nature, self-sufficiency, tradition

SUITABLE YEAR LEVELS: Junior secondary +

LANGUAGE: Mandarin with English subtitles

CURRICULUM LINKS: Languages (Mandarin), The Humanities – Geography, Interpersonal Development


  • Recognising the value of family and reconciliation within the family.
  • Learning to value offline experiences and relationships.
  • Accepting and embracing generational differences.
  • Reconnecting with nature and rediscovering traditional ways of life.

School Screenings

Monday 4 August, 11am at ACMI Cinemas

Wednesday 13 August, 1.30pm at ACMI Cinemas