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Saving Face Reviews

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½ August 16, 2017
Saving Face is a cute romantic comedy, but nothing more. I like that the lead is Chinese-American and gay, but her relationship with Vivian is based on not much. We never see any meaningful conversations involving the two and it seems like both characters aren't being opened up, which is very important in my opinion. The plot is actually interesting but it could have been executed in a much more interesting and humorous way.
Watching it was nice but I won't watch it again.
½ April 27, 2017
interesting seeing the gay thing from another cultures pov
April 2, 2017
you just want to shake everyone in this family !
March 3, 2015
Lovely dramedy about intersections of identity, family honor and authentic living.
½ December 12, 2014
3/5 --- finally an Asian film about a gay person that's pretty realistic and written traditionally with modern blended in perfectly! Not that is show my parents (maybe), it does have a lot of spoken Mandarin Chinese, but also some sexuals ;) Nicely written characters who have stereotypical jobs (of course, does happen), but who are also funny and emotional. Recommended for (Asian) people struggling with coming out to their parents.
November 15, 2014
A beautifully articulated film featuring an intimate storyline that presents the struggle of being gay in a society that doesn't understand the concept. The combination of both humour and real-life issues shows us that to everything, there is always a little bit of a bright side. Excellent acting talents included.
½ August 20, 2014
im not interested in gay films.
½ June 9, 2014
A young doctor who is a lesbian and her mother, a pregnant widow ostracized by their Chinese community.
½ January 1, 2014
nice performance for the characters especially the two couple girls.
½ November 4, 2013
Charming and at times very funny!
½ March 6, 2013
A quirky, sweet drama about a lesbian couple. Great characters that are rounded and realistic. Also it focuses predominantly on the mother daughter relationship (mother played by Joan Chen who gives a stunning performance). This is more than the average romcom and it is funny and moving at times, while at times diverting to romantic comedy film cliche. Focuses beautifully on the issues of shame and social isolation in Asian-American culture.
February 6, 2013
I enjoyed this rather different romantic comedy although the ending let the rest of the film down. Of course you want a happy ending but the way director Alice Wu goes about it feels rushed, unbelievable and unrealistic. Good comedic performances and interesting to see the Chinese American point of view.
February 6, 2013
Cute, but so not happening in real life...
January 21, 2013
a bit cringe worthy but in a good way
½ January 4, 2013
Such a cute movie :)
January 3, 2013
Even better than Les Mis, just different. Funny and poingant and just simply wonderful.
December 31, 2012
Pretty good movie. The ending was VERY unrealistic but most romantic comedies are super exaggerated.
Super Reviewer
December 27, 2012
Absolutely delightful. An American-Born-Chinese lesbian finds her world rocked when her widowed mother is disowned for getting pregnant out of wedlock. The story subverts stereotypes about race, gender, sexuality, and age, but it never seems to do too much. Enough time is spent on major and minor characters and plots. The end teeters on Joy Luck Club-level saccharine, but the performances are all nuanced and the bilingual script is seamless in mixing the elders' traditional Mandarin and the ABCs' mix of English and broken Mandarin.

There is the requisite nagging Tiger Mom we've come to expect from Asian culture clash films, but Joan Chen brings a quieter, more sensual layer as well, since Ma is also back on the market. Michelle Krusiec, as the surgeon daughter, is brilliantly still and funny in a serious way. There are even a few mannerisms of hers that I know I do/did in my one short film acting experience. She, along with Carey Mulligan and Emmanuelle Béart, are actresses whose faces I'd like to wear, "Silence-of-the-Lambs"-style.
½ October 18, 2012
This movie addresses some of the most sensitive issues in society effectively in a lighthearted manner.
August 29, 2012
offbeat romantic comedy. had no clue what to expect and ended up being totally entertained.
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