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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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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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If you had a mentally ill mother, watch at your own risk.
4 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't want to go into extravagant detail as the other comments are fairly thorough.

I want to add to the pool of comments that if you happen to have had to care for a mentally ill, depressed, bipolar, etc, etc mother while you were a young child and adolescent, be forewarned. This is a beautiful and affecting film but hits waaaaaaay too close to home for anyone who had a life like mine, a milder version of the movie. I don't know how I sat through the whole thing. I lost it by the time it was over.

The description of the movie in the AFI Dallas Fest program made it sound like a civil rights struggle with a romantic triangle thrown in. That doesn't even begin to describe what this film is about.

Anyway, bring a lot of tissues.


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