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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

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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Wishing you were here

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Country:

China | Australia

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

15 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

33 открытки See more »

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Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,547
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Happiness
Written by Michael Leunig & Gyan
Performed by Zhu Lin
Published by Curly Pty Ltd / Museagency Pty Ltd
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A simply beautiful story, beautifully made into a film
21 August 2012 | by perkypopsSee all my reviews

It is incredible how hard it is to write a good story and yet this film takes the simple premise of an orphaned Chinese girl sponsored into schooling by a benefactor she has never met except via postcards and letters and turns it into an achingly good two hours of entertainment.

Mei Mei, Little Sister (Zhu Lin), is a sixteen year old whose life in a Chinese Orphanage has been supported by regular payments made by Dean Randall (Guy Pearce). Mei Mei is training to be the conductor of a children's choir who are to tour in Australia which is where the bulk of this film takes place.

The plot and screenplay are developed with such simple brushstrokes you know there is a masterpiece being painted before our eyes. And this film doesn't let you down through all its wonderful and deft touches. Even the violent scenes are made to fit the delicate canvass the whole is painted upon, and we are never driven to the need for explicit artistic license.

The soundtrack too is so finely tuned to the images, with some breathtaking choral singing at appropriate moments. The acting is strong, brilliant from Zhu Lin and Guy Pearce, and only occasionally overstated by the support. The script is just wonderful but then the message from this film is wonderful too.

Recommended viewing. Nine out of ten.


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