MEDITATION PARK (2017)
Mina Shum's new film is the touching, amusing and finely observed tale of Maria (Cheng Pei-Pei), an Asian-Canadian grandmother who arrives at her own declaration of personal independence after discovering that her longstanding husband may not be as worthy of her reverential treatment as she once believed. A dedicated homebody utterly devoted to her husband, Maria's life is tossed into disarray when she finds another woman's underwear in amongst her husband's clothes. Her initial shock, sadness and fear propel her life in unexpected directions involving her daughter (Sandra Oh), her neighbor (Don McKellar) and the world beyond the confines of her own home. Facing her fears, Maria soon discovers that these new life directions just might make things better. (Note courtesy of Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute.) DIR/SCR/PROD Mina Shum; PROD Stephen Hegyes, Raymond Massey. Canada, 2017, color, 94 min. RATED PG
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Mina Shum is a Hong Kong-born, Vancouver-raised filmmaker who studied theater and film production at the University of British Columbia. Her impressive career includes the award-winning films ME, MOM AND MONA (1993); DOUBLE HAPPINESS (1994); DRIVE, SHE SAID (1997); LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY (2002); and THE NINTH FLOOR (2015).
"Shum mines her favorite theme — immigrant experience in Canada — in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force." – Now Magazine