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- Tzi Ma
- Diana Lin
- Aoi Mizuhara
- Shuzhen Zhao
- Gil Perez-Abraham
- Jim Liu
- Han Chen
- Diane Dehn
- Ines Laimins
Did You Know?
- The idea for this story came from an episode from the podcast "This American Life".
- Billi: Okay, when were you guys going to tell me this? How could you let me find out like this?
- Jian: How should I have told you? "Oh, your grandma's on the roof".
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Fantastic! So well done.
If you can get into a dialogue driven drama with many genuinely funny moments and a cast and writing that makes the family feel like family, this is a movie you will love.
The subject matter is inevitably somber, but the picture is also mischievously funny. Wang pirouettes along some tonal hairpins — in one scene, I guffawed in the midst of wracking sobs.
Wang shows an assured grasp of tone, a pleasing eye for unforced composition and a persuasive understanding of the immigrant cultural experience, with its sometimes difficult balance of tradition and modernity.
The Farewell is so fixated on its principle problem that it doesn’t allow its story or its characters to veer from it, or find further complexities in it. There’s only so many scenes a story can take of family members trying to keep the truth from grandma before it become less compelling.