The Farewell

The Farewell

By Lulu Wang

  • Genre: Lulu Wang
  • Release Date: 2019-07-12
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: Lulu Wang
  • Production Company: Big Beach
  • Production Country: China, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 0.99
7.7/10
7.7
From 356 Ratings

Description

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 (grandma), 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.

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  • Beautiful

    5
    By theatre777665
    A beautiful, small, melancholy movie that explores cultural differences and dealing with death in a utterly charming, understated manner. With invigorating performances by Awkwafina and Zhao Shuzhen
  • Best movie I’ve seen in a long time

    5
    By Gamer 835
    Omg. This comedy/drama film is just laugh-out-loud and tear jerking at the same time. Akwafina’s performance is brilliant. I would see The Farewell again and again. 😊
  • Best picture of the year

    5
    By wasouy
    So underrated
  • Boring

    1
    By Eurasian11
    It was soooooo boring. And be prepared to read subtitles. Our family rented it because we thought it would be more of a comedy because of Awkwafina. (The movie is labeled Comedy/Drama.) The "funny" parts were lame. Super disappointed. Everyone nearly fell asleep.
  • Do not tell her

    5
    By DJ老喵
    Not much to say. But the movie is good. Love it. 爱了❤️
  • Poignant and Uplifting

    5
    By jimhensoninla
    Throughout the film, I found myself actually agreeing with the premise of the film: lying about someone dying. When I thought about it, the idea makes sense, because the moment that we realize that we’re dying, part of us goes into Death Mode. It becomes the biggest part of our psyche and that inevitability makes us die even faster. While we all know that we’re going to die conceptually, one should concentrate on living until we’re well... dead. Great film. A little long, but the performances are solid, Awkwafina is a gem who proves that she can do more than being a Crazy Rich Asian.
  • Two nighter

    1
    By kini10
    I just couldn’t get through this movie. It was dreary and boring. I didn’t think it was all going to be subtitled. One Star for Nai-Nai, she was charming. Oh look... NOW it’s 99 cents. What a waste of 5.99.
  • Wonderful, poignant, simple, relatable.

    5
    By GiveMeAllTheMovies
    Saw this movie twice in the theater. Really cannot get over how it sneaks up on you. The mix of comedy, and drama is phenomenal. Performances are superb, notably from Awkwafina, Grandma, and the Parents. Universal story, incredibly relatable and accessible. A very rare find. Must see!
  • great job!

    5
    By Chestertaylor13
    just back from the theatre...this movie makes cry so hard
  • overrated, wandering

    1
    By Chuck Thegze
    Eight brave souls rated this movie a 1 or 2 stars. I applaud them as this is a wandering, aimless script telling an obvious story. Don't waste your time. Unless, of course, you love Awkwafina and remember her amazing performce in Crazy Rich Asians. But this is not that performance as it is not that joyful character The director clearly went with a story she had in her head, because it is not in the writing and screenplay. It sorely needs a better writer and story editor. If you think you created something as wonderful as The Big Sick or The Joy Luck Club, you didn't. Let's move on.

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