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Saving Face
Saving Face
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 42 reviews)
Sales Rank: 921
Category: DVD

Director: Alice Wu
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Studio: Sony Pictures
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures
Label: Sony Pictures
Format: Ac-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), French (Dubbed)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 97 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6

ISBN: 1404949674
UPC: 043396035256
EAN: 0043396035256

Release Date: October 18, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2003
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
Saving Face starts like you might expect a Chinese-American lesbian romantic comedy to start: Young surgeon Wilhelmina (Michelle Krusiec, in her first starring role) has kept her sexual orientation secret from the conservative Chinese community of Flushing, NY--but when her mother (Joan Chen, The Last Emperor) becomes pregnant and is kicked out by her own parents, Wil suddenly has to juggle her mother's secrets with her own...which include her sparky new romance with Vivian (Lynn Chen), a ballet dancer and the daughter of Wil's boss. This bundle of intrigue and lust could motivate a wacky farce, but writer/director Alice Wu takes things a step further, delving into the characters' psyches and the complex social rules of their world while still crafting a strong plot and plenty of sly humor. Wu captures excellent performances from her entire cast, particularly Joan Chen, who gives perhaps her most multifaceted performance. A rich, rewarding, and delightful movie. --Bret Fetzer

When 48-year-old widow Hwei-Lan Gao (Joan Chen) informs her less-than understanding father she's pregnant, he banishes her from Flushing until she remarries or proves Immaculate Conception. With nowhere else to go, Hwei-Lan moves in with her grown daughter, Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Manhattan doctor who doesn't want a roommate, especially since she's met Viv (Lynn Chen), her sexy young lover. So Wil does what any dutiful child with an expectant, unmarried mother on her hands would do: she proceeds to set Hwei-Lan up with every eligible bachelor in town.

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5 out of 5 stars FORBIDDEN LOVE STORY   May 7, 2006
  6 out of 6 found this review helpful

This movie is about families in transition from a mainly Chinese (American) and trans generational woman's point of view. To begin with, Alice Wu's SAVING FACE is bilingual, half in Chinese [easy to read subtitles] mixed with English. The movie tries to bridge the divide among three generations of Chinese-Americans living in New York City, and three women struggling with their cultural and sexual identities.

The obvious plot is that Wilhelmina's (Michelle Krusiec) mother (Joan Chen), a 48 year old widow has become pregnant which disgraces her professor father -- and bewilders her daughter "Wil." Meanwhile, Wil is a brilliant young surgeon who is being set up for marriage in the tight knit Chinese community with an assortment of eligible bachelors at "compulsory" community dances. But Wil never has time to even begin dating a pre-selected husband. She hasn't even had time for coming to terms with her own sexuality. Conveniently, she can always hide behind her busy medical career.

Enter the gorgeous and sensual Vivian (Lynn Chen) -- who is not only a meteorically rising ballerina-cum-modern dancer, but her father is chief of surgery and Wil's supervisor. The two young women have a brief encounter at a "compulsory" community dance, and Vivian is smitten by the hapless Wil. Throughout the film, everyone is hiding something -- Wil's mother hides the identity of her unborn baby's improbable father (who, as it later turns out, loves her deeply adnb she loves him). Will hides her inevitble sexual liasons with Vivian. Vivian is the only one who dares coming to terms with her love for Mil. But her dancing career is beginning to take off and if Wil cannot soon dare to expose the reality of their relationship then Vivcian will have to sadly move on without her.

Most of film is about the seeming impossibility of the three women to solve the problems of their forbidden relationships. This is the result of the intense pressures put on them by a constantly intervening, conservatively traditonal Chinese community.

Rather than seeing this as the clich? of a "lesbian film" -- I'd rather relax with the timeless human problem (like the star crossed lovers Romeo and Juilliet) in this film about women falling into deeply passionate, albeit forbidden love. Director (screen writer) Wu brilliantly takes us through the angst felt by each of the women -- and keeps us guessing as to whether or not they will be able to resolve their problems so that they may live happily ever after with the person who they love.

So I look upon this delightful movie not as a "lesbian film" but rather as a movie about three women who must try to consumate their love which is forbidden by their community. Two of the women happen to be in love with one another; that is, they're lesbians.

Great film. I loved the characters in it.

4 out of 5 stars Nobody Is Safe   March 29, 2006
  7 out of 7 found this review helpful

I remember watching the preview of Saving Face a week before I got it and for some reason I was expecting it to be more comedy than love story. It slipped my mind what this film was really about but after the first fifteen minutes you see how the two girls look at each other and it becomes loud and clear. If you ask me Saving Face isn't really a love story but more like a story showing that even if it's a girl dating a girl relationships are all the same. That's clear when Vivian (Lynn Chin) gets mad at Wil because her hectic life of being a surgeon leaves her no time to spend with her new love. The love wasn't strong enough to pull you in but the comedy definitely is. You also have the mystery of who is the man that Wil's (Michelle Krusiec) Mom is secretly seeing and got her pregnant. Although Saving Face can get a little long at times it's still worth a watch. You may get a different vibe from it than I did but it's a good film no matter what.

5 out of 5 stars Saving Face   March 20, 2006
  6 out of 8 found this review helpful

I love this movie! I think I have developed a crush on the beautiful Lynn (Vivian), the love interest for Michelle (Wil) Although I do enjoy the mother and daughter relationship in the movie, I wished it concentrated more on the two gorgeous lovers. Alice, will there be a Saving Face II? And Lynn, please star in more movies, I love you!

5 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Romantic Comedy   March 19, 2006
  1 out of 3 found this review helpful

Involving mother daughter and the perceived norm of the chineese culture. Enjoy the daughters realization of her own sexuality as well as the mothers ability to push the limits of her culture especially her own father.

5 out of 5 stars A good romantic comedy with an Asian flavor.   March 19, 2006
  4 out of 4 found this review helpful

"Saving Face" is about love. It's about family. It's about making something new while hanging onto tradition.

Wil is an up and coming surgeon in NYC. Her mom and grandparents live on Long Island and regularly drag her to a Chinese dance to meet eligible young men. However, Wil is gay but afraid to tell her family. Then it gets complicated. Her widowed mother is thrown out of her parents' house when she gets pregnant and refuses to disclose who the father is so she can marry him. So, she moves in with her daughter who is just starting to date a woman that she met recently and has trouble making time for already. To top it off, mom is practically an alien in New York even though she's lived there most of her life. Her English is choppy at best and she's rarely interacted outside of the very insular Chinese community.

This movie is funny, moving and very well done. The main character is brilliant in many aspects yet is absolutely clueless about relationships. Her mom is at turns exasperating and endearing and the supporting cast is great. Her grandmother is a riot and her neighbor is terrific.

A little reminicent of "The Joy Luck Club" and Ang Lee's "The Wedding Banquet" while being totally original. If you're a fan of romantic comedies, this one is an excellent addition to that genre.

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