Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Wang's full atonement for the melodramatic excesses of The Joy Luck Club is a collaboration with the novelist Paul Auster, who contributes his first original screenplay. Five main characters, each with his or her own quirk or problem, find their lives criss-crossing over a few days in 1990 in and around Brooklyn, in ways that leave all of them changed for the better. Keitel's tobacco-store manager, serving as the neighbourhood sage and grieving over a stash of Cuban cigars ruined in a plumbing accident, is the most colourful; Whitaker's failed father and husband, presiding over a run-down garage, the most touching. The precision of the plotting and execution sometimes seems a shade over-calculated, but the sheer warmth of the performances (and the spirit behind them) carries the film through to its extremely cheering finale.


Release details

108 mins

Cast and crew

Wayne Wang
Paul Auster
Stockard Channing
Jared Harris
Harold Perrineau
Forest Whitaker
William Hurt
Clarice Taylor
Harvey Keitel
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