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'Meditation Park' TIFF 2017 Review: A beautiful essay of the meaning of family

September 11, 2017Britany Murphy

Every family is different. Each has its various struggles, and oftentimes our families stress us out. Director Mina Shum's Meditation Park is a perfect encapsulation of this, going in-depth to examine one family’s various struggles to keep everything together in the face of tough challenges.

Legendary actress Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) stars as the family’s matriarch, Maria. She is completely devoted to her husband, Bing (Tzi Ma, Arrival), and their family, including their daughter, Ava (Sandra Oh). But things take a turn when she discovers the undergarments of another woman in Bing’s pants pocket while gathering the laundry one day. This sudden unearthing of her husband’s betrayal sends Maria's life for a tailspin, and, as a result, she embarks on an unexpected journey of self-discovery and liberation.

Also starring Don McKellar and Liane Balaban, Meditation Park is a poignant exploration of what it truly means to be a family. Things won't always be picture-perfect, and sometimes you will have to speak up against those that you hold most dear. But even if you are responsible for finding your own way through the chaos, that is still okay.

Meditation Park is receiving its world premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Contemporary World Cinema programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 34 min.

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