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Three generations of Chinese women attempt to reconcile the cultural chasm between their traditional heritage and the everyday influences of life in America. Finding herself pregnant, career girl Kim was forced into an unhappy marriage in the late 70s. But Kim decided to flee, leaving her infant daughter in her mother's care. Now, year's later, she returns to find her independent daughter Genie involved in a relationship with black DJ Michael, causing controversy.
Oct 15, 2004 Wide
Sep 27, 2005
Indican Pictures - Official Site
Anthony 'Treach' Cri...
Will Yun Lee
Jim Wong Chu
Deedee Lynn Magno
Les J.N. Mau
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By the end of Face, we've been drawn deep into the battle for both communal support and individual freedom that marks the progress of so many ethnic groups in America.
With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide.
Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.
A film with visual flair, musical inspiration and dramatic gravity. From the top to the bottom of the cast list, there are performances rich in detail and intelligence.
It's a tale worth telling again -- especially if you feel the material as strongly as recent Columbia film-school grad Bertha Bay-Sa Pan seems to.
The performances are almost enough to overcome the story's essential inertness.
New Jersey-born, Taiwan-raised director/cowriter Bay-Sa Pan gives the conflict a culturally particular spin and elicits strong performances from her appealing cast.
the director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos
Bertha Bay-Sa Pan gets good performances -- notably from Ling, who convincingly evolves from mixed-up coed to successful businesswoman.
Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have.
Face is a film of considerable charm and warmth, even if the material sometimes feels well worn.
It is an emotional and rewarding film for anyone who's ever struggled to find their place in their family and the world.
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