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Plot: A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
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Lulu Wang shares an emotional part of her personal life by delivering a beautiful, heartfelt story about her grandmother. Even though The Farewell sticks the landing perfectly, not all of the second act’s storylines captivated me, especially the whole wedding narrative. However, Awkwafina offers a fantastic performance, as well as the rest of the cast. Alex Weston’s score elevates a lot of moments, and the drama-comedy balance is on-point.
When a Chinese family finds out that the family’s matriarch is dying of lung cancer, complications arise. In Chinese culture, there is a saying that when you get cancer, you die. This actually boils down to the belief that it’s not the cancer that leads to the person’s death, but rather the fear of dying. As such, the family orchestrates an elaborate ruse to get everyone together for a wedding, but in reality the gathering is for everyone to be able to say goodbye to the grandmother without actually letting her know the truth.
It’s a fascinating premise and based on a true story (or based on an actual lie, as the film puts it). Showing aspects of Chinese culture we rarely get to see, the film takes us on a journey to China as we see modern life and urban development. How accurate it really is, I can’t attest to, and there are times that it feels like there should be more or that something is more complex and we’re being given the fortune cookie version, so to speak. The film does steer clear of politics, so that is not a factor here.
This is a beautiful film not just through visual aesthetics but also on a character level. We see how each character faces the impending death of the grandmother differently, such as the daughter-in-law being very matter of fact about it while her husband (the grandmother’s son) is being torn up inside, all while the wise and experienced grandmother continues to dispense advice, oblivious to her diagnosis. It details the variety of relationships we can develop in our life as no two relationships are the same, but they all still love each other despite some distance between certain relatives. There’s something that, despite the comedic premise (it’s sort of a comedy that’s not particularly funny), is very grounded and very real. I couldn’t help but see some of my own relationships reflected on the screen.
Beautiful, heartbreaking, and at the same time somewhat hopeful, “The Farewell” comes highly recommended.
Funny and saddening in equal measures
A beautiful portrayal of a long farewell and an insight into the difference between western an eastern culture. Powerful performances through and well worth a watch.
Funny, contemporary, realistic
I’m disappointed by many of the other reviews here and I’m actually a bit surprised. This movie tells the manifestation of a lie unfolding between Eastern and Western cultures. In the west we are taught from a young age that keeping secrets and lying is essentially bad. In the East there is the notion of a good lie. This issue is central to this film and explores how the two cultures accept the emotional burden of telling a lie depending on whether they believe it is good or bad. There are some funny moments but they are very nuanced and again often related to cultural peculiarities. I noticed the other film goers weren’t laughing as much as me. I could imagine myself in China trying to politely remove the hotelier from my room as well. Reading from other reviews I suspect this film will appeal to lovers of Asian art-house cinema, myself included, perhaps more than american cinema audiences. This is certainly not a Hollywood popcorn movie and it doesn’t try to be. I think this film could have been improved a little by putting a little bit back of any scenes which was were perhaps cut out. I could have had another 20 minutes more to explore some of the characters more, perhaps the “bride and groom”. In saying that, the pacing was very good and the whole package felt fairly sharply edited down to it’s 90 mins running time. I look forward to more films to come by this talented director. I’m glad Lulu Wang was able to make this very personal film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Lulu Wang
Writer Lulu Wang
Actors Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu
Country USA, China
Awards Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 31 wins & 177 nominations.
Production Company Ray Production, Kindred Spirit, Big Beach
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema