Movie Narrative: 33 Postcards (2011)

The captivation of moving pictures is a source of tremendous inspiration.  For this reason and many more, RB28’s Movie Narratives, continues showing our love for movies with another movie narrative.  This week, 33 Postcards (2011), will be converted into a narrative and subsequently highlighted.  It is implied that the blog reader reads the movie narrative, and then, he or she should watch the movie.  The effort is to give the blog reader, an enhanced experience.  RB28’s Movie Narratives, ends this movie narrative of 33 Postcards (2011), with some Hollywood facts.
33 Postcards (2011) is an unrated movie.  Furthermore, it is 1 hour and 37 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the drama and music genre.  The official release date is April 15th, 2013.  The release date is for the Country of the United States of America.  The director was Pauline Chan.  The writers were Pauline Chan, Philip Dalkin and Martin Edmond.  The officially recognized stars were Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin and Claudia Karvan.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows: 
  • Guy Pearce (Dean Randall)
  • Zhu Lin (Mei Mei)
  • Claudia Karvan (Barbara)
  • Elaine Jin (Miss Chen)
  • Rhys Muldoon (Gary)
  • Lincoln Lewis (Carl)
  • Terry Serio (Fletch)
  • Matt Nable (Tommy)
  • Kain O’Keeffe (Dave)
  • Claire Scott (Ruby)
  • Clayton Watson (Brian)
  • Xiang-Yun Lin (Miss Fong)
  • Gary Xu (Orphanage Worker)
  • Colin Burkenshaw (Deputy Director)
  • Thomas Jackson (Constable Dillon)

The synopsis follows.  33 Postcards (2011) is a very interesting story from the Country of Australia.  In Australia, a man named Dean Randall is in jail.  Furthermore, his brother pays for protection from the other prisoners.  A parole hearing is quickly approaching, and, Dean Randall might be released.  Interestingly enough, Dean Randall also has a big heart.  For the last ten years, Dean has been sponsoring an orphan girl in China.  The girl’s name is Mei Mei, because she was left at the orphanage without a name.  Mei Mei means little sister.  Through Dean’s sponsorship, Mei Mei received a basic Chinese education, and, she learned the English language.  Throughout the last ten years, Dean and Mei Mei have exchanged letters and postcards.  Dean has always pretended to be a park ranger with a wife and children.  Furthermore, he always embellishes his life, in his letters, to Mei Mei.  The orphanage has a choir.  Around this ten year mark, the orphanage receives an invitation to travel to Australia and do concert performances.  Mei Mei is included in the group that travels with the choir.  Immediately upon their arrival in Sydney Australia, Mei Mei leaves the group, and, starts a search for Dean Randall.  Somehow, she manages to travel to Gary Randall’s apartment, Dean Randall’s brother.  At the same time, a man arrives to collect the protection money.  Gary leaves Mei Mei behind with Carl; the collector.  Mei Mei asks Carl if he can take her to Dean Randall.  Carl and Mei Mei travel to the jail where Dean is a prisoner.  Carl leaves Mei Mei at the front of the building.  Mei Mei does get to see and visit with Dean Randall.  Through their visitation, Dean has to confront the fact that he has embellished his life to, Mei Mei.  However, his big heart returns and he doesn’t deny the fact that he writes letters, and, sponsors Mei Mei.  The director does a good job with this movie.  The story is simple, but, it is very captivating.  The writers do an equally good job.  The car theft side, of this movie, is well written.  The interaction happens, the way it would happen.  The officially recognized stars do a good job performing their roles.  Guy Pearce and Claudia Karvan help bring this story to life.  Overall, this movie earns the rating of 6 out of 10. 
The movie narrative is as follows.  In China, a girl is taken and left at an orphanage.  The girl doesn’t have a name.  She is called Mei Mei, which means, little sister.  Mei Mei, officially, turned 6 years old at the orphanage.  Furthermore, her birthday was also the day she became sponsored.  Being sponsored let her have an education at the orphanage.  Dean Randall, from Sydney Australia, sponsored Mei Mei.  Mei Mei’s education included learning the English language.  Dean Randall, identifies himself, as a park ranger who has a wife and children.  Furthermore, Dean Randall and Mei Mei write each other letters.  Time passes, Mei Mei has grown, but, she is still an orphan at the orphanage.  She also helps with the girls, who are, younger.  The orphanage has a choir.  One day, the choir receives an invitation to perform in Sydney, Australia.  The choir departs for Australia, and, Mei Mei is part of the group.  The choir and group arrive at their hotel in Sydney, Australia.  The invitation to perform is also a concert tour.  The group prepares to depart the next day, to a different city.  Mei Mei quickly asks Miss Chen if she can go out to see something.  Miss Chen knows what Mei Mei is talking about.  Furthermore, she asks her to dismiss the idea, and, help with the children.  Mei Mei decides to ignore Miss Chen, and, she asks the hotel front desk worker for help.  Mei Mei follows the instructions and travels by bus.  During the bus ride, Mei Mei remembers a set of letters that she exchanged with Dean.  Furthermore, she wishes that he was her father. Mei Mei finishes the trip on foot.  Somehow, she arrives at the destination; Dean Randall’s address.  Gary Randall, Dean’s brother, was leaving the house, at the moment that, Mei Mei arrived.  Mei Mei identifies herself as the child that is sponsored by a Mr. Randall.  Gary knows what she is talking about, and, he tells Mei Mei that Dean isn’t there.  Suddenly, a young man named Carl arrives on a motorcycle.  Furthermore, he is there to collect money from Gary.  Gary pays Carl, but, he drops the money on the sidewalk.  Gary also leaves immediately.  Mei Mei helps Carl pick up the money.  Furthermore, she asks Carl if he can take her to Dean Randall.  Carl agrees to take Mei Mei to Dean Randall.  Mei Mei gets on Carl’s motorcycle, and, they travel to a jail.  The jail is named Long Bay Correctional Complex.  Carl leaves Mei Mei at the front of the building.  Before he leaves, Carl gives Mei Mei his telephone number.  The scene changes, Dean Randall is inside the jail.  Furthermore, he is getting on a bus.  Unfortunately, another prisoner beats him up.  The scene changes, Mei Mei is at the visitor’s reception desk asking to see Dean Randall.  She thinks that he works there.  She is told that Dean Randall doesn’t work there.  A woman named Barbara arrives to help.  Furthermore, she signs so that Mei Mei can enter the jail.  The scene changes, Mei Mei is sitting in the visitation area.  Dean arrives and sits at the table.  However, he sits sideways.  Mei Mei thanks Dean for being her sponsor.  She also tells him that she left a gift with the prison guards.  Mei Mei doesn’t understand that Dean is a prisoner.  Additionally, she asks to meet Dean’s wife and children.  Grudgingly, Dean tells her that they are not real.  Dean leaves the visitation area.  In the parking lot, Barbara and Mei Mei talk.  The scene changes, Miss Chen is at the hotel talking to Australian police.  The scene changes, Carl arrives at an auto mechanic shop.  He immediately goes to talk to a man named Fletch; his father.  Furthermore, he drops off the money that, he has collected.  Fletch is quickly on the telephone.  He also informs someone that, MacNeil didn’t pay.  The scene changes, at the jail a prisoner named Tommy is informed that, MacNeil didn’t pay.  At the jail restroom, Dean watches Tommy brutally beat and stab MacNeil.  Tommy tells Dean that, his brother always pays on time.  The scene changes, Mei Mei is in the car with Barbara.  Barbara leaves Mei Mei at the hotel.  She also reads a postcard that, Mei Mei left in the car.  At the hotel, Miss Chen is waiting in a very inpatient manner.  Miss Chen and Mei Mei quickly meet with the Australian police.  The scene changes, Dean Randall is at a meeting with the Deputy Director.  Furthermore, Barbara is there as his attorney.  Dean is asked for information about the MacNeil beating, Tommy and paying for protection.  Dean refuses to cooperate.  After the meeting, Barbara gives Dean the postcard that, Mei Mei left in her car.  Barbara tries to talk to Dean about being Mei Mei’s sponsor for the last 10 years.  Dean passes time in his jail cell, and, he remembers writing letters to Mei Mei.  A prison guard arrives and leaves the gift from Mei Mei.  The scene changes, at the hotel Miss Chen informs Mei Mei that, she is being sent back to China.  The scene changes, at the jail Dean is confronted by Tommy.  Additionally, Tommy tells Dean, that he knows that, he spoke to the Deputy Director about him.  The scene changes, Miss Chen and Mei Mei are in the taxi, and, they are on route to the airport.  Unexpectedly, Mei Mei gets out of the taxi, and, she starts to run.  In his jail cell, Dean expects to be released on parole in a few days.  At Fletch’s auto mechanic shop, Gary Randall receives a telephone call from Dean Randall.  Dean tells Gary that, he needs to visit the jail, in order, to sign something for the parole hearing.  As Gary is leaving, Mei Mei arrives at Fletch’s auto mechanic shop.  Mei Mei enters the shop looking for Carl.  After a few seconds, Carl comes out to greet her.  Mei Mei asks Carl if he can take her to see Dean; again. Grudgingly, Carl agrees to take her.  At the jail, Dean and Barbara talk about Mei Mei.  At the hotel, the choir and the group, is preparing to depart for the Canberra concert performance.  Miss Chen also informs the group that, Mei Mei ran away.  At the jail, Dean is sent to the visitation area.  Furthermore, he sees that it is Mei Mei, and, he grudgingly enters.  During the visitation, Mei Mei tells Dean that she is going to stay in Australia, in order, to be together. They pass time talking, and, Dean gives Mei Mei money.  After the visitation, Mei Mei leaves with Carl.  Carl and Mei Mei travel and pass time together at the beach.  A friend of Carl and his girlfriend go with them.  Carl’s group returns to Carl and Dave’s apartment.  Mei Mei is there with the group.  At the jail, Dean passes time reading Mei Mei’s letters.  Furthermore, he has letters divided into categories of Mei Mei’s age.  Barbara is at her house, when, Dean calls her by telephone.  Dean asks Barbara if he can legally sponsor Mei Mei, so that, she can stay in Australia.  Barbara agrees to check for him.  At the jail restroom, Tommy beats up Dean.  The scene changes, Mei Mei and Dave’s girlfriend pass time putting on make-up and clothes.  The next day, Dean and Mei Mei pass time talking in the visitation area.  During the visitation, Mei Mei tells Dean that, she found a job washing cars.  She also leaves because it is almost time to start work at her job.  Outside of the jail, Carl waits for Mei Mei.  Furthermore, Mei Mei asks if they can check with the hotel.  Carl tells Mei Mei that, they will check on Sunday.  Miss Chen travels to Gary’s apartment, in order, to look for Mei Mei.  At the auto mechanic shop, Carl has an argument with his father.  Carl’s group begins work converting a stolen car into a new legal car.  At the jail, Gary and Dean leave the parole hearing.  Furthermore, Gary confronts Dean about the situation with Tommy.  Barbara interrupts to tell Dean that, he cannot sponsor Mei Mei.  However, that Gary can sponsor Mei Mei, but, the price won’t be cheap.  Barbara is asked to return to the meeting room.  Almost immediately, Dean and Gary start to argue.  Gary argues with Dean about paying Tommy for, Dean’s protection in jail.  Dean argues with Gary about being in jail for something that, both of them did.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Fletch is the boss of a group of car thieves.  Furthermore, he organizes one big night of stealing cars.  You have to watch, to know all of the drama, which happens during the big night of stealing cars.  Additionally; you have to watch, to know, if Mei Mei stays in Australia, or, she returns to China.  Finally, you have to watch, to know what happens, to Dean Randall.   
The movie narrative of, 33 Postcards (2011), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The countries of origin are China and Australia.  The official languages are English and Mandarin.  There are other notable release dates.  The notable release dates are:  Australia, June 9, 2011 (Sydney Film Festival); China, September 2, 2011; U.S.A., April 2012 (Newport Beach International Film Festival) and U.S.A., April 15, 2013 (Internet).  There are 6 filming locations, in total, for this particular movie.  All of the locations are in the Country of Australia or the Country of China.  There is limited box office data.  The original budget is estimated at $3 million AUD.  Unfortunately, there is no more data that is available.  The production companies are Portal Pictures and Zhejiang Hengdian Film Production.  There are a few distributors for this particular movie.  All of the distributors include the following:  Gravitas Ventures (U.S.A.); Intercontinental Video (Hong Kong); Sookie Pictures (South Korea); Titan View (Australia) and Titan View (New Zealand). 
To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog, strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when we highlight another movie. 


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