Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Goodbye Mother

Expired September 30, 2020 4:59 AM
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***Please note this film has subtitles which will automatically appear on the screen.***

Have the tissues ready for tears of laughter and heartache as you travel into the world of Trinh Dinh Le Minh’s heart-melting romantic dramedy, GOODBYE MOTHER.


After living in the United States for several years, Nâu returns to his childhood home in the picturesque countryside of Vietnam for an important family anniversary. With him is American-born Ian, Nâu’s handsome "friend" that his traditional family instantly warms to. Nau Van's family badgers him with questions of marriage and children, oblivious to the true purpose of his return to Vietnam: to come out as gay and introduce the family to Ian, his boyfriend.


Wanting to come out, but acutely aware of his family’s expectations that he, as the eldest grandson, carry on the family lineage by getting married and having children, Nâu feels the weight of his entire family’s future on his shoulders and procrastinates revealing the truth.

Each morning at the crack of dawn, Nâu's alarm goes off, a poignant reminder that he must now slip away and leave the warmth of his boyfriend's side for his own cold empty bed. Showering together in the family’s outdoor shower stall offers the only safe haven for the two to unleash their desires after an endless day of repressing their queerness.


Luckily, Nâu’s lovable grandma becomes a surprising ally, especially on Ian’s behalf, and shines a light of hope on the idea that traditional patriarchal values can never compete with the strength of a loving bond.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    107 minutes
  • Language
    Vietnamese
  • Country
    Vietnam
  • Note
    English Subtitles
  • Director
    Trinh Dinh Le Minh
  • Cast
    Hong Dao, Lanh Thanh, Vo Dien Gia Huy.