Angie Chen (Emma Galbraith) trudges via a number of grey areas in “Inbetween Woman,” an clever teenage drama by the author and director Mei Makino.
Half-Asian and half-white, Angie, 16, is the “token minority” scholar at her highschool in Galveston, Texas, although she has by no means felt notably Asian. Her id disaster is exacerbated when her mother and father announce their divorce, and her father — who’s initially from China — strikes in with a Chinese language lady and her Stanford-bound daughter.
Then Angie’s crush, Liam (William Magnuson) — the varsity heartthrob — seems outdoors her bed room window. Liam’s girlfriend, Sheryl (Emily Garrett), is an Instagram mannequin, however her Catholic beliefs frustrate his need for bodily intimacy. Liam turns to Angie as a substitute, and although their first romp is predictably terrible, they start to hold on common trysts in secret. The 2 fall into one thing like love.
Sheryl, it seems, doesn’t lead the picture-perfect life Angie thinks she does, and problems ensue when Liam refuses to inform her the reality.
Amid her sexual awakening, Angie begins to grapple with emotions of guilt. Makino tracks her evolution via dreamy, meditative transitions that weave examples of Angie’s creative output with roaming pictures of Galveston. In these moments, Angie displays on her troubles in voice-over drawn from video diary entries; they’re corny, sure, and so they spell out Angie’s feelings somewhat too instantly, however her youthful knowledge and vulnerability really feel sincere.
“Inbetween Woman” isn’t the one current movie to heart the love life and inter-cultural hang-ups of a younger Asian American lady (see “To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than” and “The Half of It”), nevertheless it is perhaps essentially the most profound. Although the dialogue is usually hit-or-miss, this younger grownup drama doesn’t merely put a recent spin on previous tropes: It takes severely the messiness of rising up, the toughest components of which contain accepting life’s ambiguities.