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Dumbarton Bridge (1999)

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John Shed, a black American, lives precariously, at the margins of Silicon Valley, with his white girl friend, Belinda. His life is thrown out of balance when his half-Vietnamese daughter, ... See full summary »

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Minh
Art Desuyo ...
Duc
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Jack
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Tron
Steven Anthony Jones ...
James
Hansford Prince ...
Ron
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Marlon
Richard Harder ...
Mr. Jimmie
Laurence Thoo ...
Dung
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Salt Company Foreman
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Peasant Woman
Patricia Tyler ...
Ms. Grey
Hunter Vo ...
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John Shed, a black American, lives precariously, at the margins of Silicon Valley, with his white girl friend, Belinda. His life is thrown out of balance when his half-Vietnamese daughter, Minh, arrives from a refugee camp in Thailand. Father and daughter begin a parallel search for belonging and identity amidst the salt ponds and tract homes of the south San Francisco Bay Area rarely seen in films. Written by Charles Koppelman <koppelm@well.com>

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Vietnam vet forced to confront his past
10 May 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and found it to be an impressive exploration of themes that are generally ignored in mainstream Hollywood cinema. John Shed, an African American Vietnam vet is forced to confront his past when his half-Vietnamese daughter arrives from Vietnam. The film manages to explore issues of racial relationships among Vietnamese, African Americans, and white people in America without being exploitative. Tom Wright -- a veteran of a number of John Sayles movies -- give an excellent portrayal of John Shed as a man wrestling with his internal demons. The film, which was shot in the San Francisco Bay Area, also looks great and the score (mostly jazz and some R&B) is well chosen and acute.

The film is definitely a mood piece and an exploration of character rather than plot driven and, in fact, several of the plot elements remain unresolved at the end. And, not all of the performances are as convincing as they could be. But, I would recommend Dumbarton Bridge as a thoughtful exploration of the interaction between personal and racial issues in modern day America.


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