Not everything in this movie works perfectly — see Emily VanDerWerff’s post about the ending, for some thoughts on why — but I enjoyed it overall, and it’s great to see Alice Wu making movies again. I watched her first film (Saving Face) not long ago, unaware that she hadn’t made another feature since. The New York Times had a feature story that dove into some of that history. Vulture also had a good interview with Wu.
Nitpicking about the plot aside, though — I loved some of these shots from a sequence in the second half of the film:
I like the way that Wu uses perspective and the reflection from the water to frame the two characters so that they seem to be touching and mirroring each other. I found that stripping out the color helped me see the forms/composition a little bit easier: