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A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

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In Manhattan, the brilliant Chinese-American lesbian surgeon Wil is surprised by the arrival of her forty-eight year old widow mother to her apartment. Ma was banished from Flushing, Queens, when her father discovered that she was pregnant. The presence of Ma affects the personal life of Wil, who is in love with the daughter of her boss at the hospital, the dancer Vivian Shing. Once her grandfather has promised that her mother would only return to Flushing remarried or proving that it was an immaculate conception, Wil tries to find a Chinese bachelor to marry Ma. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It is never too late to fall in love for the first time. See more »

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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9 September 2005 (Turkey)  »

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Gynaikeies ypotheseis!  »

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Opening Weekend:

$99,079 (USA) (27 May 2005)

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$1,186,323 (USA) (23 September 2005)
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In 2001, this script won the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) screenwriting award. It was inspired by Alice Wu's own experiences coming out as a gay woman. That win led to the script being produced. See more »

Goofs

Wil consistently wears her hair in a tightly pulled back ponytail, but shortly after her mother moves in she goes to visit her grandfather wearing an army T shirt. While she's adjusting the TV antenna, her hair is uncharacteristically puffed up with no explanation. All scenes before and after show her hair in the tight ponytail. Quite a bit later, there is a scene where Wil's mom sends her to the beauty shop to find out gossip. It's there that Wil is wearing the same army T shirt and getting her hair rolled up in big curls - the end result of which would be puffed hair! See more »

Quotes

Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma: [in Mandarin] Your neighbor is loud and dark and eats too much soy sauce.
Wil: [in Mandarin] Americans like soy sauce.
Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma: I'm going to start eating less soy sauce so it won't stain the baby too dark.
Wil: [in English] Ma, that's ridiculous.
Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma: You eat less too, so you don't grow spots.
Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma: [passes soy sauce bottle to Jay]
Jay - Neighbor: Thanks.
Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma: [smiles] Too late for him anyway.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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LOVE IS STRANGE
Written by Sylvia Robinson, Ellas McDaniels and Mickey Baker
Performed by Leona Naess
Published by Ben-Ghazi Enterprises Inc. (BMI) and Twenty Nine Black Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Messy Naess
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lovely romantic comedy with several twists
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get into "Saving Face" on its opening night at the AMC on 42nd St. in NY. It was sold out and for good reason! It was a delightful yet thought-provoking romantic comedy with some important social undertones. The portrayal of three generations of Chinese- Americans included a lovely lesbian love story, a pregnant older Ma, and all sorts of complications and funny funny twists. Lots of laughing out loud- and the audience (very diverse) was REALLY into it... I laughed and cried. And you heard it here first-- Lynn Chen, who convincingly played the ballerina role, is a star waiting to happen. She is just gorgeous, a fine actress, and delightful to watch. All the acting is top-notch. I want everyone to see it so we can support interesting and enjoyable independent movies that open our minds just a little bit!


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