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Australia, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Homegrown)

Director: Tony Ayres


“A finely chiseled drama about an unstable Chinese mother struggling to reconcile her desires with her children's needs in early 70s Australia… speaks bittersweet truths about life in the Chinese diaspora.” - Variety Drawing from autobiographical experiences, filmmaker Tony Ayres (Walking on Water, MIFF 2002) casts Joan Chen (Twin Peaks) in an intensely committed performance as a Chinese nightclub singer wrestling with the culture shock of life in the Australian suburbs. When a younger man comes on the scene, her tenuous family bonds threaten to loosen. “The ornamental trappings of Rose's exotic background [form] a sharp contrast to the hideous 1970s decor of middle-class Australia. Perhaps garish shag-pile carpets and butt-ugly wallpaper were enough to kill the spirit of a beautiful foreign butterfly like Rose.” - Hollywood Reporter

D/S Tony Ayres P Michael McMahon, Liz Watts Dist Dendy Films L English, Cantonese, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/103mins

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