RU (TIFF 2023) – Review by Liz Braun

Kim Thuy came to Canada as one of the million “boat people” fleeing Vietnam in the late 1970s after Communist victory in the war. Thuy wrote of her experiences in Ru, a 2009 bestselling memoir that was eventually translated into 30 languages and won her a slew of awards all over the world. One person who championed the book was TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, who represented the book at the 2015 edition of Canada Reads, an annual battle-of-the books event broadcast nationally by the country’s public broadcaster, the CBC. It seems fitting that the superb film version of Ru had its world premiere at TIFF 2023.

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Kim Thuy on RU (TIFF 2023) – Liz Braun interviews

Award-winning Canadian author Kim Thuy recently had the experience of seeing her best-selling novel, Ru, transformed into a film of the same name. She watched along with TIFF audiences who were present at the world premiere. Ru is Thuy’s own story about coming to Canada in childhood as one of the “boat people” who fled Vietnam in the ‘70s after the fall of Saigon. The vignettes and closely observed moments in her memoir are captured and woven together into a beautiful film from director/writer Charles-Olivier Michaud, co-writer Jacques Davidts and cinematographer Jean-Francois Lord.

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