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Saving Face

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A fixture of “best in lesbian film” lists since 2004, this light-hearted romance between two Chinese-American women was Alice Wu’s (The Half of It) directorial debut.

Overworked medical resident Wil barely has a social life. She falls for beautiful dancer Vivian, who is intent on helping Wil come out of her shell. Fearing how her traditional Chinese family will react, she tries to keep her romantic and family lives separated. That is, until her widowed mother (Joan Chen) shows up on her doorstep, having been kicked out when her parents discover she’s pregnant out of wedlock. Refusing to reveal who the father is, both generations struggle to keep their secrets as their lives suddenly intertwine.

  • Audience Award for Best Narrative, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2005
  • Viewer’s Choice Award, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2005

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Saving Face is a beautifully crafted movie about the fight between family tradition and finding a new way for yourself.”

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