Meditation park

One thing is certain, Meditation park will never pass as a cinematic masterpiece. But it is pleasant and heartwarming. One of the main attraction is veteran Chinese actress Cheng Pei Pei as Maria. Born in Hong Kong, Maria emigrated to Canada with her husband Bing (Tzi Ma) and raised a family. Maria’s devotion to Bing is such that she is still learning to speak English. Her interactions with the outside world has been kept to a minimum. One day she finds a pair of woman’s underwear in Bing’s pocket. At about the same time her daughter, Ava (Nepean’s Sandra Oh) brings the news that Charlie, her brother (Maria and Bing’s estranged son) is getting married. Maria knows very well that it is pointless to ask Bing to attend the wedding. But Maria has made up her mind. She tries to make money, meets new friends, learns to bike with the help of a neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). And Maria even follows her husband to see if he’s having an affair. Maria is on the path to liberation. This is not a film with the greatest technical achievements, but it tells a story that is not often told about people who are not the usual movie characters. And with Cheng Pei Pei, Tzi Ma, Don McKellar and the exquisite Sandra Oh, it is worth seeing.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Meditation park

 

Directed by:
Mina Shum

Screenplay by:
Mina Shum

Starring:
Cheng Pei Pei
Tzi Ma
Sandra Oh
Don McKellar
Liane Balaban

94 min.

Rated Parental Guidance

In English.

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