Saving Face (2004)

ALICE WU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 2004.  Destination Films, , , Overbrook Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alice Wu.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.  

Family and cultural traditions are thrown to the wind when Chinese-American surgeon Wil () allows her pregnant mother (a stunning ) to live in her apartment when her mother’s refusal to reveal the father of the child gets her kicked out of her suburban community. Wil is now in a quandary, having just begun a relationship with a beautiful dancer () and in danger of losing it if she doesn’t come to terms with the clash between her lesbianism and her family’s rigid morality. Alice Wu’s first feature is a bit too long and doesn’t flow comfortably throughout its plot, but the characters are all warm and the performances natural and affecting.

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