Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to discover that, although her whole family knows their ageing matriarch Nai-Nai (Zhao Shuzhen) has been given mere weeks to live, they’ve all decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. Forbidden from revealing the secret, the family instead gathers under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding and Billi is forced to navigate a minefield of cultural mores and social expectations – all while figuring out how best to say goodbye. The biggest box office hit in independent circles this year – and the recipient of countless glowing reviews – The Farewell is a beautifully specific but warmly universal tale of loss, love and family ties.
Why You Should See This Film
A standout supporting player in both Crazy Rich Asians and Oceans 8, Awkwafina finally receives a richly desired star vehicle in this triumphant dramedy. Balancing on a knife-edge between delicious humour and utter devastation, her complex performance is the crown jewel of Lulu Wang’s widely-acclaimed sophomore feature – which also just happens to be based on an episode of NPR's This American Life.
- Year: 2019
- Rating: PG
- Director: Lulu Wang
- Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
- Duration: 100 minutes
- Language: English