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Saving Face (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  24 June 2005 (USA)
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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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A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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24 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Gynaikeies ypotheseis!  »

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

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$1,186,323 (USA) (23 September 2005)
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The scene in the video shop with Joan Chen features a shot of the video for The Last Emperor (1987). Chen starred in that movie. See more »

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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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FOREVER AND A DAY
Written by Marc Anthony Thompson
Performed by Marc Anthony Thompson
Published by Skillet Turtles (ASCAP)
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Honest and True to Asian American Culture
4 June 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A funny feel good Asian American lesbian romantic comedy that almost anyone can relate to.

One aspect of the film that I really enjoyed is that Wu focused on the disparity between first generation and second generation Chinese Americans. The seemingly unbreakable barriers that needs to be acknowledged, assessed, and overcome are all too familiar to me.

Being born and raised in NYC as a Chinese American, this film breaks the ice and will most likely fast forward progress and understanding for us in America. I feel we needed a movie to just come out and say it

  • to make a bold statement deeper into the true meaning of accepting


one's self. This definitely did it... perfectly too. Saving Face is wonderful and highly recommended!


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