2-3. A pretty, if boring, naturalist articulation on the economic and sexual hardships faced by a KorAm teenager, who doesn't fit into the American dream his parents envisioned for him. Nice in that it dodges some tropes of gay cinema, but unfortunately doesn't really go anywhere substantial (a pitfall of naturalist fiction). Still, it's politically intriguing beyond its gay lead.
i really enjoyed certain scenes for capturing so many elements of a queer second gen asian immigrant experience. the distinct socal azn inflection heard in the USC kids suited their silly, amateur acting. the subtleties of the insidious model minority attitudes that tinted every interaction with family acquaintances were p relatable. also yess queen to more queer asian men desiring each other on screen in the US of A
i wanted to love this considering its both a story that needs to be told and one that i can heavily relate to (being a gay vietnamese american young adult). unfortunately the writing, acting, and editing weren't amazing and i can't bring myself to give this more than a 6/10
One of the very best films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. This is a touching, intimate look at the life of a closeted Korean-American teenager living with his immigrant parents. Ahn brings us so close we may as well be sitting at the dinner table. He creates a film that feels so genuine that it comes off as effortless. It's a beautiful film that will move you to tears.