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The Blessing

Directed by Liann Kaye

“LEO, a timid, midwestern guy, finds himself doing tai chi with a group of Chinese senior citizens in a Brooklyn park. He’s there because he wants to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, but her immigrant mother is so intimidating, he doesn’t know where to start. Tiny MRS. CHIN remains unreadable as she has Leo chase her around the park through stretches, stair workouts, lunges, and squats. All the while, Leo tries to make his case as a worthy husband. He offers to work “”day and night”” and mentions accepting a promotion overseas. At this, Mrs. Chin unexpectedly shares the story of her unhappy, sexless marriage to a business tycoon who was never home.

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