Bobby Teardrops was one of the first ever movies my parents saw as a couple in Port Moresby. They often tell us about the time when they went to watch the film at the Ward’s Theatre and how a bunch newly recruited police officers were behind them were making fun of the film.
The officers were laughing at how people get emotional at the films. They basically tried to make themselves look tough. However, midway into the film and their ambiance had totally changed. They were all sobbing when Bobby finds the statue of his mother and clings to it.
For those who have no clue about the film I’m talking about then I’ll give you a brief run down. The film is a Turkish classic which was dubbed in English and became a hit in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the early 80s. It’s basically about a young woman who runs after being rejected by her husband and then gives birth to a son Bobby. Unfortunately, she dies and leaves Bobby all alone. It’s a powerfully emotional film even with the poor dubbing and video quality.
The emotional power of this film broke down the policemen’s tough ulterior and had them sobbing at the end. Mom, of course, was emotional but seemed also amused that a group of grown men would cry at sad movies. As mom told it, it was not only one officer crying but the whole lot of them.
Even today, with the production of so many films, mom still holds Teardrops as one of the saddest films. Yeah, they don’t make em like that anymore.