Saving Face

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My friend felt weird during the screening, "Do you feel strange?"

"There..." I pointed to the whole row of short-cropped females right in front. The cinema was filled with more women since Be With Me. For once, I get to see all the successful media women folk who had been shunning movies like Transporter 2 and The Myth.

Saving Face is the female version of The Wedding Banquet, directed and written by Alice Wu. The ever gorgeous Joan Chen takes on the role of a traditional Chinese widow, with a successful daughter Wil (Michelle Krusiec). (Incidentally, Michelle's been nominated for a Golden Horse.)

"Mum, I love you and I am gay."

Wil's lesbian and mum's pregnant. How complicated can it get? Not in a traditional Chinese family definitely. Saving Face, or more correctly said, losing face is a no-no for the ultra-strict grandfather.

Joan Chen's subtle, Michelle's natural and her girlfriend is just gorgeous. Saving Face achieves all that Hainanese Chicken Rice failed to. The love between parent-child, and same-sex relationship was well played out. I felt strange, but eventually kind of touched at how strong love can be.

Saving Face – Unassuming and Unpretentious

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