Goodbye Mother
Thưa mẹ con đi

Vietnam2019105 minVietnamese with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereDrama, Family, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Open Captions

Son of a prominent family in Vietnam, Van returns from America for the first time in nine years with his partner, Ian. Coming back to a community with expectations of patriarchy and legacy, Van tries to find the right moment to tell his mother, Mrs. Hanh, about his love for Ian. With the heir unable to bear children, the family fights over their inheritance, surmounting to a violent reveal of truths. Everybody has a secret. An intricately assembled ensemble, Goodbye Mother is a queer story and more.

Director Trinh Dinh Le Minh portrays characters with dignity in this uplifting story, providing positive resolution to otherwise challenging conversations within the Asian family dynamic. Paired with colour palettes that lends itself to the beautiful scenery of Vietnam, the portrayal of queer lovers making plans for the future provides an enriched leading story that normalizes queer Asian narratives in cinema.

– Bertha Lee


Hong Dao
Lanh Thanh
Vo Dien Gia Huy


Busan International Film Festival, 2019
Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2019
&PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Trinh Dinh Le Minh

Trinh Dinh Le Minh is an emerging director from Vietnam. His narrative short The Scent of Fish Sauce has travelled to film festivals including Palm Springs International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. He is also an alumni of Berlinale Talents and Talents Tokyo.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm



CW: Mild violence against queer person, Gay slur

ASL Interpretation provided at live Q&A by
Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service

Live online Q&A with director & writer Trinh Dinh Le Minh

ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services. Ticket holders can watch on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

November 15, 2020 at 8PM

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