Confucian Dream


Scotiabank Theatre 8 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 4:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sun, May 5, 2019 9:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:China
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Mijie Li
Producer(s):Mijie Li
Betsy Tsai
Violet Feng
Jeff Reichert
Editor(s):Evita YuePu Zhou
Mijie Li
Writer(s):Mijie Li
Evita YuePu Zhou
Cinematography:Mijie Li


Chaoyan, a young wife and mother, discovers the ancient teachings of Confucianism and hopes they will restore balance, respect and morality to her home. She becomes a zealous convert and involves her impressionable four-year-old son in her rigorous routine of chanting daily mantras. Little Chen may not yet understand the recitations' meanings, but mom is confident she's planting a seed for the future. Chaoyan's husband, Mei, finds their study schedule excessive, but tolerates it until she proposes that Chen attend a year-round Confucian school. While Confucianism's primary purpose is to instil peace and harmony, the opposite occurs between this husband and wife as their beliefs clash and their arguments escalate. A gripping portrait of marital and parental crisis, Confucian Dream demonstrates the effects of misplacing your expectations of a spouse onto a child. Angie Driscoll

Co-presented with Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

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