This is a poignant, yet darkly humorous story about a typical Singaporean family coming to grips with their aspirations. It weaves a layered and moving tale about a family dealing with loss, ambition and the search for what really matters in life.
Colin Goh will always be synonymous with talking @#%$. The author/lawyer/cartoonist had turned filmmaker with his debut feature with the love-it-or-hate-it Talking @#%$: The Movie. Satire is the name of the game when discussing Goh. He founded Singapores foremost satirical website (Talkingcock.com), expanded it into CDs, a movie and a dictionary defining Singapores colourful patois. He (with the co-direction of his wife) has finally added another notch to his belt with Singapore Dreaming, which first bowed as the curtain raiser for this years Singapore International Film Festival and is now gearing up for its island-wide commercial release.
One thing you can be sure of is that this film is no dud. In fact, its one of the most richly textured, amusing and expressively lyrical pieces of filmmaking that I have yet seen. It is deceptively astute in its construction of a typically extended Singaporean household. Its a remarkable and cogent portrayal of family politics by its cast, grounded in emotion and realism. The film should be a significantly different experience for a local compared to a foreigner when viewed, as its more an observation for those who have not lived through the system their entire lives. As a local, however, you feel like youre on the inside looking out. It just means that much more.....
I don't think a lot of auds outside the South East Asian region will get to see this gem. It captures Singapore living to a tee. If you ever wondered how Singaporeans live, this is probably the most truest film that you can possibly see. One of my favourites this year. As a Singaporean, I can not help but feel how personal this is.
I'm sure its reached some festivals abroad, I just can't remember which.
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