Bao (2018)

A Chinese-Canadian mother who struggles with empty-nest syndrome, but earns a second chance at parenthood when one of her dumplings comes alive. 

I know, I know. This is a short film. But guys, it’s so. good.

Since Paperman and Piper, I’ve not seen a short film that has been able to surprise me with its brilliance and creativity. Sometimes, I feel like – I decide to watch these Disney/Pixar animated films just for the short films that screen before them. The only reason I bought my Wreck-it-Ralph dvd, was so that I could watch Paperman again in high definition. Anyway, this post is not about Paperman or Piper.

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OH MY GOSH BAO.

My heart broke when I read online that some people who watched this film in America had negative experiences due to the insensitivity of the audiences around them. I was blessed to have seen this film in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in a cinema that was nearly empty because it was a Saturday morning film screening. (I always pick obscure off-peak hours to watch animated films because I can’t stand noisy kids and crying babies). However, I can vouch that none of the 25 or so people in my cinema laughed at the film’s pivotal scene. You probably shouldn’t, either. Just because you can’t understand it, doesn’t mean you should laugh without thinking, because you might be ruining someone else’s movie experience without realizing.

If you’ve not seen this film, I think you should stay away from reading anything online that talks about it. I’ve seen a couple of posts/pages with MAJOR SPOILERS in them. Bao was extremely enjoyable to watch, even though it might leave your heart in a wreck. It’s so original, so creative, it’s everything I look for in a short film. I highly recommend it, so please don’t be late for the movie, otherwise you’d miss the short film!

Get ready your tissues and plasters.

 

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