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Meditation Park

Directed by Mina Shum
Canada, 2017 (fiction, 94 minutes, colour, Cantonese / English)

Film Description:
"A devoted wife and mother [...] is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman's undergarment in his laundry."
-- Mongrel Media (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Dennis Foon, Mina Shum
Produced by: Stephen Hegyes, Raymond Massey, Mina Shum, Mohamad el Masri
Principal Cast: Don McKellar, Liane Balaban, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, Pei-Pei Cheng
Cinematography: Peter Wunstorf
Film Editing: Daria Ellerman
Music: Andrew Lockington
Production Company: Meditation Park Film Ltd., Side Street Post

Notes about Meditation Park


Quote by the Director

"Our understanding of what a Chinese immigrant woman would be is exactly what we see at the beginning of the film [Meditation Park]. Then, it gets broken down, and so our expectations as an audience get turned on their head—and then we're off to the races. If we can identify her as a hero, then can't we all be heroes?"
-- Mina Shum (source)

Quotes about Meditation Park

"Ultimately [the story of Meditation Park] rests on an affecting and absolutely lovely performance by Cheng Pei-Pei. Known in her youth as an invincible wuxia warrior in martial arts movies like Come Drink With Me, she is just undaunted as a quiet 60-something housewife, her wondrously expressive face carrying this film and its optimistic vision of late-life renewal."
-- Alison Gillmor (source)

"[In Meditation Park, Mina] Shum deftly juggles several narrative threads, always providing enough information so that her characters register as three-dimensional. Chief among them is Sandra Oh as Maria's daughter Ava, now starting a family of her own and too distracted by that to notice that her mother is in a state."
-- Chris Knight (source)

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