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Ciao (2008)



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Two men meet and fall in love under the least joyous of circumstances in this low-key drama from writer and director Yen Tan. Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) has been close friends with Mark most of his life, so when Mark unexpectedly dies, Jeff volunteers to clear out Mark's apartment and tie up the loose ends of his personal business. While examining Mark's correspondence, Jeff learns that he had been exchanging flirtatious e-mails for some time with Andrea (Alessandro Calza), an Internet designer from Italy who made plans to come to America and meet Mark in person -- and he's due to arrive only three days after Mark's passing. Jeff is unable to reach Andrea before he leaves, and ends up meeting the traveler at the airport, passing along the sad news to him. Andrea now has three days to pass in Mark's hometown of Dallas before his flight home, and Jeff offers to show him around the town. Over the next 72 hours, an attraction develops between Jeff and Andrea, based in part on their shared affection for a man they knew in very different ways. Ciao was an official entry at the 2008 San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.


Ethel Lung
as Lauren
John S. Boles
as Mark's Father
Margaret Lake
as Margaret
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Critic Reviews for Ciao

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

In Yen Tan's glacially paced movie (every shot is relentlessly symmetrical), the actors are squares in graph-paper compositions.

January 30, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Yen Tan's Ciao is a revelation, a minimalist work of maximum effect. It is determinedly understated and consistently expressive, beautifully composed yet never studied.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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It's made on the smallest of budgets and features awkward if sincere performances, yet Yen Tan's film still manages to strike a series of plangent emotional truths about speaking one's heart and moving on.

Full Review… | December 19, 2008
Boston Globe
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Ciao moves at a snail's pace. It feels long even at its abbreviated length.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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The story is so minimal that it almost doesn't exist.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
New York Post
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Deeply sincere and exceedingly slow even at 87 minutes, Ciao involves two strangers who become acquaintances after the death of a mutual friend.

December 5, 2008
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Ciao


In Yen Tan's glacially paced movie (every shot is relentlessly symmetrical), the actors are squares in graph-paper compositions.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Simple, clean & subtle. I like the intriguing synopsis right from the beginning; and I could predict how the ending will go. Except there were long dialogue here & there, the narrative was well executed & kinda emotive indeed. It says it best when it says nothing at all- Precisely.


A little overly artsy and not so interesting. I was disappointed.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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