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Saving Face (2005)

Saving Face

Overview


Genre

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Date

May 27, 2005

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

91 min.

Studio

Sony Pictures Classics

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Alice Wu

Producer

James Lassiter, Will Smith, Teddy Zee

Screenwriter

Alice Wu

Starring

  • Michelle Krusiec
  • Richard Chang
  • Joan Chen
  • Lynn Chen
  • Ato Essandoh
  • Jessica Hecht
  • Brittany Perrineau
  • Brian Yang

Story


For 28-year old New Yorker Wilhelmina "Wil" Pang (Michelle Krusiec), life is a juggling act between a promising career as a surgeon and her responsibilities as a dutiful daughter. Like the #7 train she takes to visit her Chinese family on a weekly basis, Wil is perpetually in transit between two worlds. The expectations of the Flushing, Queens society she is from and the desires that alienate her from it have made Wil content to live below the surface -- even if it means playing an inadvertent game of charades with her widowed mother (Joan Chen) and the old world Ma represents. The masquerade is comic even in its pain as Wil tolerates Ma's weekly set ups with eligible Chinese-American boys at the Friday Chinese socials; but it quickly becomes a farce when Ma's mask cracks first.

One night, Wil comes home to find Ma on her doorstep - pregnant. Disgraced by the Chinese community, and with nowhere else to go, Ma moves in with her daughter, making it difficult for Wil to nurture a budding relationship with gorgeous dancer Vivian (Lynn Chen). As her carefully compartmentalized worlds collide, Wil is forced to find her mother a husband, placate her girlfriend, and choose between breaking a cycle of keeping up appearances, or risk losing the girl she loves.

"Saving Face" is a romantic comedy about a daughter struggling to understand her mother's heart, which ultimately allows her to understand her own. It is the story of unspoken loves, contemporary and cultural taboos, and the journey of two women towards living their lives honestly.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an honest-to-God joy to watch..”
by Chris Parry [eFilmCritic.com]
“..director Alice Wu delivers the cross-cutting humor with gaiety and bite..”
by Tom Meek [The Boston Phoenix]
“..a truly original and enjoyable one..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon.net]