17 Ago “The therapy trip” by Wasley Zhang
Globalization has brought together people from different parts of the world, but it has also torn apart parents from children, relatives from each other, creating cultural and geographical gaps that have become difficult to overcome. Suddenly, parents saw their sons and daughters going abroad and growing under another culture, developing habits they didn’t know, creating a distance that was very hard to bear.
In “The therapy trip” by Wasley Zhang, this setup crosses its path with the sickness of the father of Vivi, a girl that has been living in the USA, far from her parents. They have grown apart and it looks like there is no way they can find a connection again.
Here, sickness is something devastating but it is also the occasion to bring together again the family, to fight together for the common goal of overcoming the disease. The plot makes it for a drama film that, even if shot very independently, is very heart touching and has some good acting.
Even if it could have benefited from a bigger production, the script and the story makes it for a powerful tale of love and separation, of sickness and solidarity, that is very deep and culturally stimulating.