The Farewell

PG, 98 minutes / Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

5/5 (1)

Boasting a 99% Rotten Tomatoes rating, "The Farewell" is "based on an actual lie:" a Chinese family discovers their beloved Grandmother has only a short time to live, and they decide to keep her in the dark about her diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes.

Billi (musician and actress Awkwafina, in a breakout performance the Chicago Sun-Times calls "raw and authentic") is Grandmother's headstrong young Chinese-American granddaughter, who returns to China for the gathering. Feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, she also struggles with the family's decision to hide the truth from her grandmother. The result is a bittersweet, funny family drama that explores the ties that unite us and the value of compassion.

"Like her heroine, [writer/director Lulu] Wang straddles the fence and argues from either side of it; like her, the movie is profoundly Chinese-American, speaking to both audiences and able to be enjoyed by both." --Boston Globe

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