In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell her. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members from around the world. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, 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.
Won a Golden Globe.
“The Farewell…taps into universal truths about the passage of time, the inevitability of loss, and how we prepare one another for it.” **** - Pat Brown, Slant Magazine