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MY MOTHER NANCY (Family Foibles)

Year: 2001

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 27 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Veronica Iacono

Produced By: Steve Thomas

Language: English

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Family Foibles is a series of five half-hour documentaries that examine contemporary Australian families. Each story revolves around a family confronting a problem. These range from the relatively benign issue of omission in the telling of a family history to domestic violence and the threat of family break-up.

MY MOTHER NANCY

Nancy is fifty and has finally decided she needs a life of her own.

Having had a traditional Italian, Catholic immigrant upbringing in Sydney, marrying when her parents wanted her to and raising a family of three (including her daughter, Veronica, the director of this documentary), Nancy has challenged the cultural norms and opened a cafe without her husband's approval. He refuses to set foot inside the cafe and now there's talk of a family breakdown.

Meanwhile, Nancy's sisters criticise her bid for independence and, of course, her kids think they know what's best for her.

The other 4 episodes in the FAMILY FOIBLES series are: KIM & HARLEY & THE KIDS, MICK'S GIFT, THE WOODCUTTER'S SON and UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS.

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