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The Home Song Stories (2007)

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A man remembers his childhood and his mother, a Chinese night club singer who struggled to survive in Australia with her two children.

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Norma
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Nicholas Opolski ...
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Rose, a Shanhainese songstress singing at nightclubs in HongKong during the 60's, marries an Australian sailor and migrates with her young son and daughter to Melbourne. Her past filled with lost innocence, she begins a cycle of dependence and desperation to create a family for herself and her children, culminating with her affair with Qi, an illegal immigrant from HongKong. Watched through the eyes of her young son, the mother's journey reveals painful truths about the human condition, the love of family and self, and the price we pay for growing up. Written by Anonymous

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Histórias da Vida de Uma Cantora  »

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A television documentary, "Beyond the Pack Ice" (1968), is seen on a television during the film and is mentioned on the credits. This documentary looks at the work performed by the Australian Antarctic research team based at Mawson Station in the late 1960s. See more »

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Features Shen long qi xia (1970) See more »

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"C'mon Get Happy'
Weitten by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen
Performed by The Partridge Family
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An excellent cast do their best with another story about a selfish mother, written and directed with unwarranted solemnity.
7 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's almost a shock to see 'Script Editor' amongst the closing credits, because at least half of this pleasant, rather humourless film is a series of stock situations which have already been more economically and interestingly explored in other films about selfish mothers. It's tough for an audience to maintain their interest in a central character who cares only about herself, but two thrids of the way through this ghastly woman's journey, the main focus switches to her children, and there are scenes of poignant, painful truth which have undeniable clout. The script and direction tend to self-importance, but the cast (especially Steven Vidler) is excellent, but the costume design, as in so many period Australian films, is superficial and self-conscious.


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