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FORBIDDEN LOVE STORY,
This review is from: Saving Face [DVD]  (DVD)
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.
Most of film is about the seeming impossibility of the three women to solve the problems of their forbidden love. This is the result of intense pressures put on them by a constantly intervening, conservatively traditonal Chinese community.
Rather than seeing this as the cliché 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 come to terms with their problems so that they can live happily ever after with the person 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 loves that are forbidden by their community. Vivian and Mil happen to be in love with one another. That is, they're lesbians.
Great film. I loved the characters in it.