The Farewell

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.

Directed by: Lulu Wang
Genres: Comedy, Drama,
Production Company: Big Beach, Depth of Field, Kindred Spirit, Seesaw Productions,

The Farewell - Based on an actual lie. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 12-07-2019
  • Runtime: 100 Minutes
  • Popularity: 15.62
  • Vote Count: 743
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 22,110,994
  • Region: China ( CN ), United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Awkwafina - Azwaad Movie Database Awkwafina Billi
Tzi Ma - Azwaad Movie Database Tzi Ma Haiyan
Diana Lin - Azwaad Movie Database Diana Lin Jian
Zhao Shuzhen - Azwaad Movie Database Zhao Shuzhen Nai Nai
Lu Hong - Azwaad Movie Database Lu Hong Little Nai Nai
Jiang Yongbo - Azwaad Movie Database Jiang Yongbo Haibin
Gil Perez-Abraham - Azwaad Movie Database Gil Perez-Abraham Tony (uncredited)
Ines Laimins - Azwaad Movie Database Ines Laimins Kathy
Jim Liu - Azwaad Movie Database Jim Liu Doctor Song
X Mayo - Azwaad Movie Database X Mayo Suz
Photo Name Department
Chris Weitz-Production Chris Weitz Production (Producer)
Peter Saraf-Production Peter Saraf Production (Producer)
Marc Turtletaub-Production Marc Turtletaub Production (Producer)
Andrew Miano-Production Andrew Miano Production (Producer)
Matt Friedman-Editing Matt Friedman Editing (Editor)
Michael Taylor-Editing Michael Taylor Editing (Editor)
Leslie Woo-Production Leslie Woo Production (Casting)
Eddie Rubin-Production Eddie Rubin Production (Executive Producer)
Lulu Wang-Writing Lulu Wang Writing (Screenplay)
Lulu Wang-Directing Lulu Wang Directing (Director)

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Sheldon Nylander

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.

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If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog @ 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. Rating: B+

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