SYNOPSIS

2 days in the lives of 5 born on June 12th.

"Happy Birthday" centers around five very different
people who share the same birthday as well as varying
problems of self-acceptance, family tensions and
unrequited love. There is Kelly, a young lesbian whose
life is placed in flux by a phone call from a former close
friend; Javed, a Pakistani facing deportation and
separation from his American lover to his estranged
Islamic family; Tracy, a Taiwanese-born former student
whose visit from her overbearing mother forces her back
into the closet; Ron, a minister who preaches the ability
to convert his sexuality, all the while watching gay porn
at home; and Jim, an overweight telemarketer whose
success at selling diet pills masks his insecurities. As
their birthdays approach, these individuals are forced to
confront the struggles that stifle their lives.

Yen Tan's debut feature is an ambitious journey into the
emotional complexities of human behavior, gay or
straight; observed in a poignant, everyday-life manner.
Leisurely paced and tightly edited, this is a film that
rewards its audience with a bittersweet finale, one that
reasonates powerfully because it challenges the way
we view ourselves and the people around us.
USA/2002/B&W/93MINS/ENGLISH,MANDARIN,URDU
& SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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