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The Farewell

2019
Comedy, Drama
1h 40m
A Chinese family discover their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.
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73rd
85
The film is peppered with vignettes of Chinese life: hostesses spending time with their clients in a hotel room, tension between in-laws, a family visiting their grandfather's grave. It's these moments that offer a glimpse into Lulu Wang's personal experience which kept the film interesting even for someone like me, who was already familiar with the film's main premise of Asian family members withholding a terminal diagnosis.
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85th
84
It is unclear to me how to make a compelling low-key drama about a traditional Chinese family coping with terminal illness compelling, but Lulu Wang has succeeded and then some. Each character is so rich and complete that it takes no time to fall into step with this family. Awkwafina wears a sad face well, but she does so much more in order to connect American ideas about death and family with Chinese values. Very moving.
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75th
79
This film feels like grief. Doesn't hit you over the head, sneaks up on you in the most mundane moments. And it lingers. It stays grounded in its simplicity and Awkwafina shines.
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64th
90
I really enjoyed it. I haven't seen any of Awkwafina's stand-up, but she's pretty good in this, as is Shizhen Zhao. Honestly, everyone is pretty believable in this. It's well directed and written and just very genuine. You almost feel like you're a part of the family going through the same thing. What more could you need? Definitely worth checking out if you're interested. All hail A24.
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80th
8
An aching portrait of a family with a shared culture and history and varying values and vision, held together (and you're right there with them) in a collective suppressed grief that can't help but seep out at the edges and burst forth in sudden waves (see the wedding breaks; for me, it was the look back and the wave). The script perhaps could have dug a little deeper, but the naturalistic turns, sensitive direction, and superb music and cinematography certainly created an affecting atmosphere.
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