Film

The Farewell PG

Fri 4 – Thu 10 Oct


Please note the 3.15pm screening on Fri 4 Oct will start promptly at the advertised time


★★★★ – Empire


★★★★ – The Guardian


★★★★★ – RogerEbert.com


Featuring a star-making performance from Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians,The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), The Farewell is a funny and life-affirming tale of family politics, east meets west and the heartache of goodbyes.


Chinese-born, US-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly follows her parents home to Changchun to find that although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai Nai, has only weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself and has in fact gathered together under the guise of a wedding to say their farewells.


Billi finds herself caught up in rediscovering the country she left as a child, the family she has never known, and most of all her grandmother’s wondrous spirit. But all the while, Billi wrestles with whether she should go along with the rest of the family’s wishes or tell Nai Nai the truth.


With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we 'perform' family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.

Dir: Lulu Wang

Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma

USA 2019, 100mins

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