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The Farewell
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The Farewell - Movie Synopsis & Plot

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.

MOVIE REVIEW

Honesty is not the best policy in The Farewell, in which a family opts to not tell their grandma that she’s dying of cancer while putting on a wedding as an excuse to all come together and commiserate. The movie, in which writer/director Lulu Wang finds that perfect balance of comedy and drama in a movie about the gulf between East and West, presents a fascinating exploration of the role of family.
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