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33 Postcards (2011)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Music | 15 April 2013 (USA)
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Dean Randall has sponsored Mei Mei, a young Chinese orphan, for many years. When she arrives in Sydney out of the blue to thank him, their lives are changed forever.

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Pauline Chan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Dean Randall
Zhu Lin Zhu Lin ... Mei Mei
Claudia Karvan ... Barbara
Elaine Jin ... Miss Chen
Rhys Muldoon ... Gary
Lincoln Lewis ... Carl
Terry Serio ... Fletch
Matt Nable ... Tommy (as Matthew Nable)
Kain O'Keeffe Kain O'Keeffe ... Dave
Claire Scott ... Ruby
Clayton Watson ... Brian
Xiang-Yun Lin Xiang-Yun Lin ... Miss Fong
Gary Xu Gary Xu ... Orphanage Worker
Colin Burkenshaw Colin Burkenshaw ... Deputy Director
Thomas Jackson Thomas Jackson ... Constable Dillon
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Mei Mei (Zhu Lin) a 16 yr old Chinese orphan dreams of nothing more than being part of the 'perfect' family. When her orphanage travels to Australia to partake in The Australian Choir Festival Mei Mei takes the opportunity to find her Australian sponsor Dean Randall (Guy Pearce). However what she finds is far from what he depicted. Initially mismatched and disconnected the two begin a journey in search of belonging, family, redemption, love and acceptance. Written by TITAN VIEW

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Written by Justin Sayers
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Well intentioned, disjointed, worth a watch
2 November 2019 | by Sasha_LaurenSee all my reviews

This is a quirky and touching movie about a sixteen year-old orphan from China, Mei-Mei, (played with pluck and naïveté by then newcomer Zhu Lin), who travels to Sydney, Australia with a children's choir and slips away to meet and thank the man whose financial donations sponsored her education; as important to her, her sponsor's steady stream of postcards about his perfect life provided her love, support and hope.

Her journey to find Dean Randall, (played by one of my screen favorites, Guy Pearce), is a surprising one. She learns that he is a convicted killer serving time in prison where he is up for parole, and the stories he wrote in his postcards were of a fantasy life. Dean is portrayed as being a sort of killer with a heart of gold, which was hard to swallow except for the fact that Guy Pearce is so likable.

The film passed quickly and gently. Mei-Mei and Dean form a bond, which he resists at first out of shame. It's a touching idea, however the screenplay was full of holes and the direction lacked finesse. The actors did the best they could in this production.


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AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

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