The Farewell

In this uplifting comedy drama, the headstrong Chinese-born, US-raised Billi returns to her hometown in China after her grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Upon her arrival, however, she realises that the family have decided to keep the news from their beloved matriarch Nai-Nai, instead gathering under the joyful guise of a hastily planned wedding, to unite the family around her one last time.

As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

“The push and pull between the bonds of blood and the ties of culture are explored with a light touch and a perceptive eye for detail in this delightful, semi-autobiographical family drama from writer and director Lulu Wang” – The Guardian

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