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299 Ratings

The Farewell

Directed by Lulu Wang
United States, China, 2019


A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. 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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The Farewell Directed by Lulu Wang

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

One of The Farewell’s essential problems is that its affection for and attachment to Nai Nai is so clear that the rest of its narrative points and characters feel half-hearted in comparison.
August 02, 2019
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There is something hesitant about the way Wang turns this beguiling family story into a film, an unwillingness to push too hard into potentially painful emotional territory, which also keeps the comedy in check.
July 11, 2019
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Wang is unapologetic about the cultural specificity of her (true) story, yet it is this limited framework that ultimately makes The Farewell a vivid and endlessly relatable story of fractured identity in a globalized world.
July 11, 2019
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