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An estranged family goes through the painful process of healing their wounds in this drama set in modern-day Singapore.


Graham Streeter


Graham Streeter




Credited cast:
Mako ... Tan
Kheng Hua Tan ... Ali
Zelda Rubinstein ... Liz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asrani ... Leo
Dickson Tan Dickson Tan ... Jonah
Bobby Tonelli ... Ethan


An estranged family goes through the painful process of healing their wounds in this independent drama set in modern-day Singapore. Ali is a strong-willed single mother who is caring for her eight-year-old son Jonah, who is blind. A sudden string of bad luck and an abrupt breakup with her boyfriend Ethan leaves Ali and Jonah with no place to live, and they are forced to take refuge with Tan, Ali's father. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Not Only Birds Are in Cages
26 March 2007 | by daringd-1See all my reviews

I watched this movie based on the one and only comment provided on IMDb and I trusted it and went to watch. First ten minutes of the show, a couple went off and I was a bit demoralized but heck I've paid my share and I'm going to make it worth it.

For those who hate slow ... draggy movie (though this one is not that bad) I still advise you won't go and watch it. But for those who you who can truly enjoy a work of art even though at times you don't understand what the director is trying to say ... welcome to "Cages".

To me, Cages is about the main characters - Ali & Tan - who have been living in cages of their emotions and perceptions. How did they get out and be free? That's the revelation of the movies. It's about a daughter who couldn't forgive her father. A father who couldn't forgive the past. And how their gaps are filled through things they don't expect.

I really need to applaud the acting of Tan Kheng Hua. She's amazing. I'm looking at her with a different perspective now and she's not only the Phua Chu Kang star but also a true artist.

Even though like I said earlier I didn't understand what the director was trying to do but during the last scene, I teared. I guess that's the feeling when one has been free from the cages of their own lives.

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