Delightfully funny, heartwarming and dry, Wang’s poignant comedy tackles family expectations, the meaning of ‘home’ and whether it’s really okay to keep secrets from others.
Massive Sundance hit The Farewell tells the all too real story of Chinese born New Yorker Billi (Awkwafina) who reunites with her extended family to celebrate the impromptu wedding of her cousin. The wedding, however, is a ruse. Billi’s beloved Grandmother Nai-Nai (Zhao Shuzhen) is dying from terminal cancer but Nai-Nai doesn’t know. The family choose not to tell Nai-Nai of her illness and instead celebrate the last few weeks of her life.
Billi, although grappling with the decision to keep Nai-Nai in the dark travels home to Changchun, China to celebrate the wedding and say her goodbyes. Semi-autobiographical, The Farewell is based on writer/ director Lulu Wang’s Grandmother’s own diagnosis in 2013 and the events that transpired soon after. Bringing veracity to the story is the casting of the real Nai-Nai’s sister, Lu Hong, as herself. Charmingly known as Little Nai-Nai, she made the call to keep the truth from Nai-Nai.
A bittersweet film, The Farewell will resonate with all who have experienced first, second, or even third-generation geographic and cultural distance from ‘home’ and the guilt of not always being able to be there for family.
Cast & Crew
Director Lulu Wang
Writer Lulu Wang
Stars Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
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