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Pretty Rosebud Is More Than a Festival Darling

Release Date: January 11, 2015
Runtime: 82 min
Director: Oscar Torre
Genre: Drama
Stars: Chuti Tiu, Kipp Shiotani, Dana Lee

A career woman stuck in an unhappy marriage struggles to find happiness living in a fishbowl, where cultural and religious traditions are smothering a woman dying to be free.  Cecilia is a young woman who has a troubled marriage, overbearing parents but a job that is promising.  This movie is captivating as the story of a young independent woman who is trying to make her way in the world and build something long lasting is more than just your independent drama.  This story also brings about the story that most people in the US can relate to; the story of being a first generation child from immigrants from another country.  There are a lot of topics that this story touches including the inequalities of race and sex in Asian countries (the Philippines vs China).

The movie is beautifully shot and the actors performance compels the audience to follow along this story of cultural differences and honesty.  Everything was very real without the taint of over dramatizing.  The real relationship between the family members and the relatable dialogue cleverly written just makes this movie a 9/10!

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