In Meditation Park, Mina Shum returns to the themes that propelled her early work. The film opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic accountant husband, Bing, (Tzi Ma). Maria reveres Bing and remains in awe of the sacrifices he has made for the family, so much so that she even respects his insistence that she not speak to their son. But when she finds evidence that Bing may not be the perfect person she believes him to be, she’s forced to consider her world in a radically different light. Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her, something Bing has always discouraged.
She befriends a group of local eccentrics and a rather shady neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). Maria soon realizes that people’s lives are much more complicated than Bing has led her to believe.
Shum exhibits genuine compassion with her insight into the experiences of first-generation immigrant women. This is a charming and generous film, boasting fine performances by its leads and the phenomenal Sandra Oh, as Maria’s daughter.
Starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Tzi Mah (Arrival)
- English, Cantonese, Mandarin w/ English subtitles
- 94 minutes
- Rating N/A
“Meditation Park is a complex film that hews with tenderness to Asian stereotypes in order to reflect back their often-obscured depths.” – The Globe and Mail
“Writer/Director Mina Shum mines her favourite 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 Toronto
Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.
All prices include HST.
General admission seating.
Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.