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Meditation Park (2017)

PG | | Drama | 9 March 2018 (Canada)
An aging woman questions her life after suspecting her husband is having an affair.

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Mina Shum

Writer:

Mina Shum
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Maria Wang (as Cheng Pei Pei)
Tzi Ma ... Bing Wang
Sandra Oh ... Ava
Don McKellar ... Gabriel
Zak Santiago ... Jonathan
Jemmy Chen ... Ji
Lillian Lim ... Anita
Alannah Ong ... May
Sharmaine Yeoh ... Su
Liane Balaban ... Dylan
William Budijanto William Budijanto ... Max
Curtis Lum ... Young Fishmonger
Nelson Wong ... Peter
Robbie Segulam ... Sammi
Hrothgar Mathews ... Skinny Bylaw Officer (as Hrothgar Matthews)
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Approaching their senior years, married couple Maria and Bing Wang emigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong forty years ago, they living on the working class east side of the city steps away from Hastings Park. Bing has been the family breadwinner, starting with menial jobs after arriving in Canada despite his educated background, eventually being able to open his own small accounting firm in Chinatown where he keeps long hours in working for and schmoozing with clients. Meanwhile, Maria has been housewife and mother, dedicating herself solely to the family. With their daughter Ava now married with her own young family, and Bing being estranged from their son Charlie for ten years, Charlie who Bing will not allow Maria to keep in touch with despite Charlie living on nearby Bowen Island, Maria now feels like her only purpose in life is to take care of Bing. In addition, Maria is completely dependent on Bing as she still feels uncomfortable speaking English instead of their native ... Written by Huggo

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English | Cantonese

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9 March 2018 (Canada) See more »

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CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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A quietly important film
30 March 2019 | by hunter_mSee all my reviews

I hope more films like this are made. Not just because it gave voice to an isolating situation that many immigrant women have lived, but because it was just so surprisingly cute, poignant and funny! I truly loved the gaze of this old chinese lady and the way she continued finding herself, despite such betrayal by a man whom she had given her entire life too. I sometimes enjoy watching the banalities of life tbh. If you're a millennial like me then maybe you're Grandma was little bit of her, if you're older maybe she's your own mother (hopefully you take care of her just as well as her children too - some v heartwarming moments there). I have read + actively observed that some husbands oft have entirely different standards for their daughters than for their wives. This film is a message, a reminder that its never too late to find oneself (outside of who you are to others).


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