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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Immigrant finds fortune but loses love; some language.

Movie PG 2020 91 minutes
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This drama is unexpectedly moving, in part because the main character suppresses his emotions for so long that he doesn't recognize them until they smack him in the face late in life. So it's also late in the movie that our hearts open to him, allowing the conclusion's beauty and humanity to come flooding in. Lessons to be learned are elusive, but it does feel as if writer-director Alan Yang (co-creator of Master of None and writer-producer on Parks and Recreation) wants us to take stock as we watch. Weren't Pin-Jui's intentions good when he decided to leave his mother? Yet as a result he visits cruelty on a perfectly nice wife and a daughter longing for his love.

Tigertail feels like someone's real story, if not the story of many immigrants who come to America, leaving loved ones behind, in search of a better life, but at high personal cost. Yang's own Taiwanese father provided the film's narrative voice-over. Michael Brook's heart-tearing score is note-perfect.

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