Double Happiness (1994)


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 .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Wonderful film about an aspiring Asian-Canadian actress (, 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.

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