This film is nominally the story of writer Amy Tan largely in her own words, however it actually is so much more including a biography of her mother, and exploration of mother/daughter dynamic, families, the creative process, mental health and several other things that I'm forgetting.
To be honest I saw the film simply because it was there. I had seen pretty much anything I had wanted to for the day and it was there. I figured I's watch a little bit and then do some writing. The only writing I did the night of the premiere was to text and email fiends to say how much they needed to see the film. That may sound like hyperbole but once you see the film you will know how that is true- you too will want to press copies of the film into the hands of your friends.
This film moved me on any number of levels. One moment, an unexpected phone call from her mother wrecked me to the point I had to stop the film and cry for a while. Once I finished the film I wanted to pick up a pen and start writing.
AMY TAN: THE UNINTENDED MEMOIR is a magnificent literary achievement. It is a film that transcends definition to be something universal.
How good is it?
Right before seeing the film I filled out my ballot for the Sundance Critics Awards figuring the film wouldn't enter into it. I am annoyed because I couldn't redo my picks for the awards.
This is a must see.