This surprise hit that scored 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved grandmother has only a short while left to live, decides to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her grandmother. Awkwafina was a revelation in Crazy Rich Asians, and here, in a dramatic role, she proves it was no fluke.
“The Farewell, Lulu Wang’s second feature, conjures a premise so rich with potential comedy, heartbreak and family weirdness that it can only have come from real life. Which it did.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times
“The little dramas and themes that emerge during the reunion of the film’s far-flung brood become, like a family, more than the sum of its individual parts, and an incredibly satisfying meal of a film.” — Emily Yoshi, New York Magazine
“[T]he movie is compact, coolly heartwarming, and gratifyingly uncute.” — Anthony Lane, New Yorker
Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Gil Perez-Abraham
Mandarin, English, Japanese, Italian