The actors had fantastic chemistry. I’m not Pakistani, but there are certain aspects of Maria’s and Baba’s relationship that resonated with me and some of my family members. Things like loving guilt, high expectations, vicarious living, and insistence are constants across many cultures, though every culture seems inclined to claim them for their own. I liked how Siddiqui used the claustrophobic setting to compel her characters into discussions and situations they wouldn’t have otherwise been in. It’s really interesting to see how all three characters’ (imperfect) coping mechanisms compliment and clash with each other. Samman in particular shines as an all-too-familiar imposing family member.
What I didn't like
(Possible spoiler but) in the last scene, a lot of things come out very quickly, and I would have appreciated if some of those revelations were spread across some of the slower moments in the middle. There was a plot point (regarding a gift) which didn’t quite get closure for me.
My overall impression
A relatable story about family and culture that is both sweet and raw.