by Xavier Toby in New Film on Friday 25 July 2008

The issue of abortion has hardly ever been represented so honestly by a movie. Knocked Up and Juno gave the pro-choice movement a boost, and of those two, only Juno came close to confronting the issue. In the Princess of Nebraska, the main character suffers through indecision, naivety and turmoil that seem much closer to reality. Beijing-born Sasha comes to San Francisco from Nebraska for the abortion, with her mobile phone being her main connection to friends and the absent father. Some questionable dialogue and acting make it a patchy film. However, the central themes are honestly represented and the confusion and loneliness suffered by Sascha, coupled with her Generation Y selfishness and shallowness, combine to form a touching portrait of an extraordinarily difficult issue.