While Ruthe film inspired by the eponymous book by Kim Thúy, is taking on a second life on the big screens of Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver, it is important to highlight the success it has achieved in Quebec.
It has touched the hearts of several thousand Quebecers and has already garnered revenue of more than $1.7 million. The duo Charles-Olivier Michaud and Jacques Davidts succeeded in transcribing into cinematographic language the memories of Kim Thúy, upon his arrival in Quebec after fleeing his native Vietnam in terrible conditions.
Through its subject and its style, this film deserves to become an educational tool regarding immigration to Quebec.
In this film, three characters play an important role; they are invisible on screen and yet their presence is clearly very real.
First of all, there is exile, which is the backstory of the story. The tear of exile is a wound that deeply marks the flesh of migrants.
Whatever the reason that pushes a person to leave their country, they remain scarred for life. Whether she left for economic, family, social or political reasons, as in the case of the protagonist of the film, she will maintain nostalgia for her country, her culture and the links with her friends and family all her life. It’s an indelible scar.
The second silent character, but so present, illustrated by the masterful acting of Karine Vanasse, Patrice Robitaille and especially the young Mali Corbeil-Gauvreau, is this benevolence and simplicity of the host family, so representative of the generosity and the humanity of Quebecers in the face of immigrants.
Having experienced it personally, I can testify to the benevolence, kindness and sympathy which greatly facilitated my own integration in Quebec.
Finally, the third invisible character of this film is the process of integration of the immigrant into his new life. Looking for new benchmarks, understanding the elements of a new culture, weaving new friendships, finding the balance between your past and your new daily life, in short, adapting to your new life without denying your past, this is the delicate transition what any new immigrant must do.
While the debate is currently raging on the acceptable number of immigrants and on the adoption of effective reception structures, it would be good not to forget the obligatory passage that the immigrant must go through and the tear that he carries in him. And above all, do not underestimate the greatness and generosity of Quebecers in welcoming newcomers.
I wish the film Ru become a widely distributed educational tool, because it could thus facilitate the integration of new Quebecers who will recognize themselves in the characters of the film. And “native” Quebecers will see it as a faithful image of their generosity.