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The Taste of Pho

Germany, Poland201984 minPolish, Vietnamese with English subtitlesDrama, Family, Family-friendly, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

What does a hot bowl of lovingly prepared soup remind you of? The taste of home? The warm embrace of a loved one? For Long, a widower and cook at a Vietnamese restaurant in Warsaw, his famous pho is his pride, and his grade-school daughter Mia is his joy. But their world changes when the restaurant is sold, forcing Long to learn to make sushi. Meanwhile, Mia is frustrated by her father's caring but old-fashioned ways, while fearing he is moving on from the memory of her late mother.

Japan-born, Polish-educated director Mariko Bobrik’s first feature tells a tender and bittersweet look at an intergenerational immigrant family with a confidently light touch from (perhaps) an unexpected Eastern European source. While Poland is their home, Long and Mia both must navigate what the idea of home means for them when dealing with change, while finding a better understanding of each other.

– Aram Siu Wai Collier

Cast

Thang Long Do
Lena Nguyen
Aleksandra Domanska

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
San Sebastián Film Festival, 2019
Osaka Asian Film Festival, 2020
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Mariko Bobrik

Mariko Bobrik was born in Japan in 1983. She graduated from the directing course of the Lodz Film School. She participated in Cinéfondation: Résidence du Festival de Cannes and Berlinale Talents. The Taste of Pho is her first feature. She currently lives in Warsaw.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

PG
CW: Racial slurs

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

Live online Q&A with director & writer Mariko Bobrik

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 4PM

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