My Mother is a Belly Dancer

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Ma mère est une danseuse du ventre

My Mother is a Belly Dancer

(Seelai ng yi cho)

by Lee Kung Lok, Wong Ching Po

Hong Kong

Ma mère est une danseuse du ventre

Directors: Lee Kung Lok, Wong Ching Po

Script: Erica Lee

Cinematographer: Lee Kung Lok

Editing: Billy Cheung, Daniel Yu

Sound: Tu Du-chih

Cast: Andy Lau, Kristal Tin, Lam Ta Tung, Ken Tong, Lei Suet, Amy Chum

Production: Focus Films
16/F N08 Wing Hing street
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
Tel: 2802.2322
Fax: 2243.3243
Mail: lorna@focusfilms.cc

Year: 2006

35 mm, Colour, 100 min, 
OV Cantonese with French Subtitles

Unreleased

French Premiere

"See Lai" - that's Cantonese slang for the sorts of sloppily-dressed and no longer youthful housewives we see in supermarkets and beauty parlours everyday. Those newly middle-aged "aunties", barely noticed by her husbands, treated by their kids merely as nannies and housemaids, seem to be suffer from a loss of youthfulness, beauty, and passion with each passing day. Exactly when and why do these typical Hong Kong housewives, living in anonymous public housing estates, stop feeling as if they are beautiful? When do they stop wearing make-up or caring about the clothes they wear? When do they start specialising only in shopping in groceries, just worried about the price of eggs and apples at the vegetable market? Could the ancient and exotic art of belly dancing be their saviour? Or will it bring about their downfall, as their husbands and their entire communities revolt against this "indecent" dance?

 
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