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  • Official Trailer
  • Trailer 1

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding-reunion back in China. Headstrong and emotional writer Billi rebels against her parents' directive to stay in New York and joins the family as they awkwardly attempt to rekindle old bonds, throw together a wedding that only grandma is actually looking forward to, and surreptitiously say their goodbyes

Cast

  • Awkwafina
  • Tzi Ma
  • Diana Lin
  • Aoi Mizuhara
  • Shuzhen Zhao
  • Gil Perez-Abraham
  • Jim Liu
  • Han Chen
  • Diane Dehn
  • Ines Laimins

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The idea for this story came from an episode from the podcast "This American Life".
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Quotes

    • 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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I don't cry easily but this definitely made me cry and laugh

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Helen Y
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Fantastic! So well done.

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Metacritic

100
Jul 11, 2019

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.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Slate
90
Feb 1, 2019

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.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
70
Feb 1, 2019

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.

Metacritic review by Anthony Kaufman
Anthony Kaufman
Screen International