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The Farewell (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.

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The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide 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.

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What follows is a series of hackneyed scenes about the different interpersonal relationships within the family, centering on the heroine's bond with her grandmother.

December 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Thematically, The Farewell is about reconciliation with the past and wrestling with cultural traditions that now seem foreign in a country that once was home. But it's also simply about grappling with loss...

December 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The Farewell is a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it's one of the best films of the year.

October 10, 2019 | Rating: 5/5

Magnificent screen presence. I thought it was really lovely. I thought it was really funny. I thought it was really moving. You will laugh, you will cry.

September 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, it's all about balance, a yin and yang of roots and identities, humour and pathos that comes together into a satisfying, bittersweet wedding banquet of a movie.

September 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You'll be spewing with tears before the first act is done.

September 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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