October 2, 2017 SFM Admin

Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: What Will People Say

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What Will People Say (2017)

Reviewed by: Wendy Tu

What Will People Say premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and featured the life of a Pakistani-Norwegian adolescent girl growing up in Norway. She encounters cultural challenges and family disputes which prompted her father to send her to Pakistan to learn more about Pakistani culture. Against her personal beliefs, she chooses to follow her family’s wishes and get married in Canada to eventually become a housewife. She runs away from home, with her father’s silent understanding.

Was there smoking in the movie? Yes, there were a few instances of tobacco use. The girl’s father was smoking outside of the convenient store with a few friends. Her grandmother in Pakistan smoked in front of the entire family exclaiming that it helped with her digestion. Her adolescent friends were also smoking at a social event.

tobacco impressions

Would you notice if the smoking was taken out of the movie? No, I would not notice.

What was your reaction to seeing the characters use tobacco? I reacted in a surprised way to see the adolescents smoking because they are so young. I was also surprised to see the grandmother’s reasoning for smoking (to aid in digestion).

Did the movie show the real health effects and consequences of tobacco use? They did not explain the health consequences of smoking. They kind of did the opposite when the grandmother was talking about the “health benefits” of smoking.


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