Nine-year-old Trang and her cousin tenderly take care of ants, for which they have built a home out of plastic containers covered with colourful stickers. Their playfulness reflects the seriousness of life. Downstairs in the living room, the adults are caring for their dying grandmother. With great sensitivity, Carol Nguyen depicts how her protagonist becomes aware of the challenging situation: with looks, cautious approaches to grandma, and death.
by Carol Nguyen
with Kylie Le, Van Pham, Ly Pham, Dam Nguyen, Eve Sevigny, Fred Nguyen, An Nguyen
Canada 2022 Vietnamese, English 14’ Colour International premiere recommendation: 9 years and up


  • Kylie Le (Trang)
  • Van Pham (Mai)
  • Ly Pham (Aunt Ut)
  • Dam Nguyen (Grandma)
  • Eve Sevigny (Care Worker)
  • Fred Nguyen (Uncle)
  • An Nguyen (Ma)


Director Carol Nguyen
Screenplay Carol Nguyen
Cinematography Alexandre Nour-Desjardins
Editing Carol Nguyen
Music Arie Van de Ven
Sound Design Giulio Trejo-Martinez
Sound Andrés Solis
Production Design Estelle Tang
Producers Marie Lytwynuk, Carol Nguyen
Executive Producers Karine Bélanger, Hany Ouichou

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Carol Nguyen

The Vietnamese-Canadian filmmaker was born in Toronto and lives in Montreal. Her films often focus on the subjects of cultural identity, silence and memory. Her short documentary No Crying at the Dinner Table screened at festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, where it won the Jury Prize.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Every Grain of Rice 2018 Tundra 2019 No Crying at the Dinner Table; documentary 2023 Beyond Borders; animation · Nanitic

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023