A well made family drama by Chinese born Australian director Tony Ayres - apparently inspired by his own story. Joan Chen performs brilliantly as Rose the slightly neurotic mother of 2 - a Shanghai nightclub singer/hostess who seems to be more keen on living the fast life rather than rearing her 2 young children. The family relocates to Australia after accepting a marriage proposal from a faceless Australian sailor. Doesnt take much for Rose to head out looking for more. Told from the perspective of the young boy, The Home Song Stories is a moving tale of a mother who shouldn't have been.
Rating: * * *