Singapore Dreaming” ( 美满人生 ) is a story about a family with big dreams, living on a small island.
Heavily in debt, patriarch Loh Poh Huat can’t help but feel bitter irony whenever he has to perform his job as a lawyer’s clerk – seizing goods from the homes of credit card debtors. At the end of his career and frustrated by the gulf between his middle class dreams and his working class reality, he takes his feelings of failure and envy out on his family .
So when Poh Huat suddenly wins two million dollars in the lottery, the Lohs start believing that maybe this windfall will deliver them from their struggles. But something happens which pitches the family into a battle where the stakes are the very meaning of life itself…
“ Singapore Dreaming” 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.
I like what both Colin and Yen Yen (who wrote, directed and produced the film) expressed in PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, about how the movie came about. It sounds like a film that resonates from two passionate, thinking, dare-to-be different people who know what living is all about.
I identify pretty much with Yen Yen (albeit written 6 years ago - not much has changed?).
A Dream, on the other hand, carries you on its wings to worlds that your heart and mind have never known. - Yen Yen
I like local movies because they are often easy to identify often pull some heart's strings. I WANT TO WATCH Singapore Dreaming!
Once again, it reminds and reinforces what it takes to stand out, to follow our heart, to be different.