Banana in a nutshell

  • NZ Herald - Peter Calder Apr 1, 2006

    "At times, the tension is unbearable but, as Liang grapples with the puzzlement and pain of her relationship with her parents, she is not afraid to foreground her own process. The result is a generous, intelligent, brave film, comprehensive and personal, specific and universal. As an artefact of our multicultural society, it's a gem."

  • The Lumiere Reader - Tze Ming Mok Jul 4, 2005

    "If this documentary is self-indulgent, it is allowed to be. It would not have necessarily gained anything from a dispassionate treatment. As the first volley in a conversation that has yet to truly start, it is certainly the most honest challenge on film to be thrown out from our generation to the last in this backwoods branch of the diaspora. What will come of it? The drama, again, will all happen offscreen. Will the Liangs remain silent? Will they make a counterdocumentary? Whether they speak on the matter or not, they will surely, with the rest of the audience, understand that this is not just an artefact of self-obsession, but a monument to love. "

  • the B.B.C Blog Nov 6, 2007

    "The film is very heartfelt, especially one scene in which Roseanne tearfully tries to understand why her parents never show her any outward signs of affection. Does this mean they don't love her, she wonders? Yet why would they have worked so hard to provide for her, if not out of love? This is something I think many young bbcs will have thought about at some point in their lives. If you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend 'Banana in a Nutshell'."