Meditation Park (2017)

Meditation Park
Director: Mina Shum
Writer: Mina Shum
Cast: Pei-Pei Cheng, Tzi Ma, Sandra Oh, Don McKellar, Zak Santiago, Jemmy Chen, Lillian Lim, Alannah Ong, Sharmaine Yeoh
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 6.3.2018

Maria (Pei-Pei Cheng) and Bing (Tzi Ma) have been married for many years and things are fine. That is, until Maria suspects that Bing has been having an affair. As Maria questions her marriage, she starts to question her entire life – and decides to make some changes. She takes up a job, makes friends and goes for a fresh start.

Meditation Park is a Coming of Age story, with the twist that the person coming of age is definitely not a teenager, but a middle-aged to older woman. It’s a spin on the story I very much loved, as I loved the entire film.

Meditation Park is sweet, funny and emotional and manages to work in questions of immigration and identity, giving it a heavier core that keeps it from being entirely fluffy (not that anything would have been bad about an entirely fluffy movie).

The film is mostly very funny and at times very sad, but no matter what emotional response they were aiming for, they absolutely got it from me. I was entirely involved and with Maria every step on the way.

That is also thanks to the wonderful performance from Pei-Pei Cheng. She is an absolute star, making Maria’s development, if not to say transformation, believable, realistic, solid and wonderful. In short, a sight to behold every step of the way.

But Cheng isn’t the only great thing about the film. I was also particularly impressed with the editing: Daria Ellerman really did a spot-on job there. And Shum is a great director and ties the film together perfectly, making it a fantastic bit of cinema.

Summarizing: This is what I like to see.

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