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The Art of Woo

Directed by Helen Lee
Canada, 2001 (fiction, 96 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"Alessa Woo, a beautiful and ambitious art curator, poses as a rich Asian heiress to catch her man of means. Alessa's well-laid plans to find her millionaire go awry when Ben Crowchild, a struggling Native artist, moves in next door. A gifted painter, Ben shares his neighbour's affinity for art, as well as an adjoining bathroom. Like Alessa, he also has his secrets. Although she'd be the first to deny it, an immediate, undeniable chemistry exists between Alessa and Ben. Indeed, Alessa has finally met her match. A fresh, modern take on a timeless story, The Art of Woo is a sly romantic comedy about hidden and mistaken identities, art and class, and the deeply human desire for transcendence."
-- Telefilm Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Helen Lee
Produced by: Anita Lee, Peter O'Brian
Principal Cast: Sook-Yin Lee, Adam Beach, Joel Keller, Alberta Watson, Kelly Harms, Don McKellar, John Gilbert, Siu Ta
Cinematography: Steve Cosens
Film Editing: Vesna Svilanovic
Music: Ron Sexsmith, Kurt Swinghammer
Production Company: The Feature Film Project

Notes about The Art of Woo


Quotes by the Director

"The fact that it [The Art of Woo] was a romantic comedy was definitely interesting, because it was so different and out of my usual sphere of reference. And yes, the lightness was very appealing. I remember I had to rush out and watch all these classic romantic comedies to study the genre and understand the structure of these stories better, to see how we could add our own twists of gender and ethnicity into the mix."
-- Helen Lee (source)

"With The Art of Woo, I was trying to make a film in a tradition similar to classics from the '40s and '50s, like Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany's. But I also wanted a very strong and sophisticated female lead, and Sook-Yin [Lee] was the perfect person to play this downtown girl who was savvy and something of a ball-buster."
-- Helen Lee (source)

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