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Motherland (2011)




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After a long absence abroad, young Asian American woman Raffi Tang (Francoise Yip) is called home when her estranged mother is murdered. She becomes increasingly drawn into a web of deception and incompetence while at the same time dealing with her own grief. Equal parts noir thriller and dysfunctional family drama, Doris Yeung's bold debut feature is a sobering tale of the pursuit of the American Dream. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Motherland

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Motherland doesn't fully succeed on any of its levels. But Doris Yeung's subtle and intelligent debut feature contains enough interesting elements to mark the filmmaker as someone to watch.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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Yeung tries to mix a whodunit with a story of explosive family dynamics, but the effort succumbs to a weak script and a one-note lead performance.

Full Review… | August 25, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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Plays like an artsy short stretched to 93 minutes.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
New York Times
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Despite its ambitious combination of murder mystery and cautionary immigration tale, Motherland doesn't quite hold together, lacking both the fuel to reach a rolling, procedural boil and the intimacy to simmer with emotion.

Full Review… | March 15, 2011
Village Voice
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Besides its requisite thrills, the Asian-American experience has rarely been better captured than in this taut, sensitively drawn murder mystery.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Film Journal International

Francoise Yip is stunning and steel-willed as a take charge, not taking no for an answer, tough-talking sleuth. While subverting any vestiges of the meek China Doll mystique, in this too true for comfort crime thriller.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
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