Raw emotion fills American Girl, a film set in Taiwan. When she’s 13, Fen must return to her homeland Taiwan because her mother got cancer. Understandably, Fen wants to stay with her friends, to go to summer camp, to have a normal, safe life.
It’s a rocky transition for Fen and her younger sister. Getting used to living with her father again, going to a new, strict school, and coping with her mother’s illness and possible death, Fen is pushed to her limit. The entire family is on the verge of collapse.
While it’s a sad and emotionally exhausting film, I was drawn to Fen and her struggle with reverse culture shock and her mother’s illness. This is on top of the usual American conflicts many mothers and daughters experience.
I understand why this film garnered three Taiwanese film awards.