Bitter Melon was reviewed by G. Allen Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section.

Check it out if you can — it’s a solid review. A few good pull-outs:

Domestic violence is not a laughing matter, but Mendoza gently invites us into the story through humor and welcome distraction…

What makes the movie smart is its refusal to cast Troy, a difficult role well-played by Epino, as strictly a villain. Instead, Mendoza delves into the cycle of violence that can be passed down through generations…

No matter the genre, [Mendoza’s] films, which can often be joyful, explore the pain of a young protagonist haunted by the past, and how the future is on hold until there is a present reckoning with what has come before.

Great stuff.

Click here for the full read.

And most importantly, for those of you familiar with the Chronicle’s rating system, it got the Little Man Clapping rating: