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Motherland

A startling drama that delves into a hostile mother/daughter relationship.
5/5

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Written and directed by Denise Khng, ‘Motherland’ is a short drama film that intends to uncover Singapore’s parental disciplinary practices. The narrative, which explores themes of abuse and mental health, delves into the hostile relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter – and the unfair societal bias that inflicts the youth. The 17-minute short stars Karen Bee Lin Tan (Mother), Shi-An Lim (Sarah) and Nora Samosir (Mrs Reema). A compelling tale, albeit an unnerving watch.

The drama opens with the depleted mother confiding her woes with Mrs Reema – her daughter’s teacher. Sarah, a bright student, is conveyed by her mother as an affliction at home – much to the teacher’s surprise. Midway through, the narrative unveils Sarah’s frigid trepidation when confronted by Mrs Reema. Without spoiling the climax, the film concludes with Sarah’s awakened perseverance that shines a light on societal conjecture.

Denise Khng has crafted a remarkable drama that doesn’t shy away from exposing a contentious issue in Singapore’s society – the abuse of power with parenting and the supreme behavioral expectations of an adolescent. The entire female-led cast deliver mighty portrayals that is certain to keep the audience on tenterhooks. Technically, the craftsmanship deserves high praise and acclaim, with adept cinematography (Khairul Amin), high-quality sound and neat post-production. ‘Motherland’ is undeniably an unsettling watch, but salient viewing nonetheless. Highly recommended.

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Motherland

A startling drama that delves into a hostile mother/daughter relationship.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by Denise Khng, ‘Motherland’ is a short drama film that intends to uncover Singapore’s parental disciplinary practices. The narrative, which explores themes of abuse and mental health, delves into the hostile relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter – and the unfair societal bias that inflicts the youth. The 17-minute short stars Karen Bee Lin Tan (Mother), Shi-An Lim (Sarah) and Nora Samosir (Mrs Reema). A compelling tale, albeit an unnerving watch.

The drama opens with the depleted mother confiding her woes with Mrs Reema – her daughter’s teacher. Sarah, a bright student, is conveyed by her mother as an affliction at home – much to the teacher’s surprise. Midway through, the narrative unveils Sarah’s frigid trepidation when confronted by Mrs Reema. Without spoiling the climax, the film concludes with Sarah’s awakened perseverance that shines a light on societal conjecture.

Denise Khng has crafted a remarkable drama that doesn’t shy away from exposing a contentious issue in Singapore’s society – the abuse of power with parenting and the supreme behavioral expectations of an adolescent. The entire female-led cast deliver mighty portrayals that is certain to keep the audience on tenterhooks. Technically, the craftsmanship deserves high praise and acclaim, with adept cinematography (Khairul Amin), high-quality sound and neat post-production. ‘Motherland’ is undeniably an unsettling watch, but salient viewing nonetheless. Highly recommended.

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