Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
on 21/09/2016 11:22

This may seem like just another film that tackles the lives of immigrants and cultural gaps between the old and new generations but for me there's something intense with it. The emotional gripes and family conflicts run deep and the paternal figure, Tadela, a principled man who upholds his culture is on a constant emotional and mental struggle where it concerns getting along with his children. Viewers can see the consternation, hesitance and annoyance of some of Tadela's children and sometimes it becomes unreasonable. There's this scene that's quite powerful, in that particular scene Tadela got made with his daughter in law because as he puts it, she cursed her with which she denied. The intensity of Tadela's emotions and the seeming mind game happening is a peculiar study on human emotions and interactions. Another thing that I find unique with Tadela was that he seems to hate the mere sight of a cellphone, this was evident in at least a few scenes where he reprimanded his children for interrupting a family meal because they were talking to a phone. It's evident that he seems to abhor modern culture and gadgets. This award-winning film has a universal message, first in terms of immigrant concerns, since all over the world immigrants abound. But most of all, it speaks universally about family relationships and conflicts,  the nuisances of having a nit-pick of a father and even the issue on old age. An interesting portrait and character study of  not only a man but of a culture and of the widening gap between  the old and new generations.