Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Canada, 1994. British Columbia Film Commission, Fine Line Features, National Film Board of Canada, New Views Films, Téléfilm Canada. Screenplay by Mina Shum. Cinematography by Peter Wunstorf. Produced by Stephen Hegyes, Rose Lam. Music by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. Production Design by Michael Bjornson. Costume Design by Cynthia Ann Summers. Film Editing by Alison Grace.
Wonderful film about an aspiring Asian-Canadian actress (Sandra Oh, winning a deserved Genie Award for her performance) who continues to disappoint her family with her professional and personal ambitions: besides pursuing a career that they don’t in the least approve of, she has now infuriated them by bringing home a white boy and declaring him her great love. Shum’s sensitive film gets a good look at the various ups and downs of this young girl’s life, from dealing with her personal triumphs as well as the many negative aspects of being a visible minority in North America (when her boyfriend first meets her he just assumes from looking at her that she doesn’t speak English). Good stuff.