The Farewell

"Extraordinary on every level, Lulu Wang's The Farewell starring an award-caliber Awkwafina builds a funny, touching and vital film about what makes a family in any culture, leaving you with cathartic tears." - Rolling Stone

“‘Based on an actual lie’ is writer-director Lulu Wang’s way of introducing her (actually true) story; a sly title card to qualify the bittersweet dramedy of deception that follows. Crazy Rich Asians’ Awkwafina finds her first real star vehicle as Billi, a wry New Yorker with a raspy laugh and a nose ring who regularly dodges her own parents’ persistent questions about her future, but stays faithfully in touch with her grandmother back in China.

“When she finds out that her beloved Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen) has stage-four cancer though, Billi balks at the family’s plan to keep the diagnosis a secret — even as she decides to crash the quickie wedding they’ve engineered between her cousin and his new Japanese girlfriend as a pretext to bring everyone back together.

The Farewell also has the freshness of Wang’s distinct voice, a dry humor and low-key melancholy that infuses even the most quotidian scenes, from a visit to Billi’s late grandfather’s grave to a kitschy prewedding photo shoot that plays out in the background of a serious conversation like a surreal silent comedy.” - Entertainment Weekly


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