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More Perils--and Joys--of Coming Out
written by talltale October 24, 2005 - 3:51 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Charming, light on its feet and savvy about love, family and the closet in New York's Chinese-American community, SAVING FACE will disarm you handily. Alice Wu's debut as writer/director is done with such class and cool that it puts to shame many "first features." Accepting as a given the need for a young fast-track professional Chinese woman to hide her Lesbianism, the movie also makes it clear how self-destructive this behavior can be via a wonderful performance from Michelle Krusiec.

If the girlfriend character (played by with verve and sass by Lynn Chen) comes off a bit too good to be true, and Joan Chen's "mom" (with secrets of her own) makes a too-easy turnaround late in the game, the movie survives a couple of stumbles to emerge as a better-than-average feel-good romance. For this non-Asian viewer, the look inside a culture and community in transition was fascinating and fun.


(Average 7.44)
64 Votes
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