Film On Demand


February 11 - 17, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Ex-pat Kit (Henry Golding, "Crazy Rich Asians") travels through Vietnam, finding belonging and love in this lush and atmospheric romance.

20/21 Hop Film

Kit (Golding) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old when his family fled in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. He searches for a place to scatter his parents' ashes, but beyond wanting to find "somewhere momentous" he can't quite articulate what he's looking for. During his stay, he meets his estranged second cousin Lee, young Vietnamese student Linh, and Lewis (Parker Sawyers, Southside With You), an American clothing designer whose online dating profile piques his interest. Will it be a casual fling or something more? 

Struggling to make sense of himself in a home he's no longer familiar with, Kit embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love and happiness. Like Hong Khaou's acclaimed 2014 debut Lilting, Monsoon similarly dives into subjects such as living between cultures, feeling lost in translation and the complex and sometimes conflicting intersection of identities that emerges when you're part of more than one minority. With gorgeous cinematography, beautifully subtle performances and a universal story of longing and belonging, this minimalist romance is our Valentine's Day pick for you. D: Hong Khaou, UK, 2020, 1h26m

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