Run time: 100 mins
Perfectly blending humour and melancholy, Awkwafina stars in this heartwarming Chinese-American melodrama.
Having emigrated with her parents as a child, Billi (Awkwafina) is now a struggling artist living in New York. Despite the distance, through regular phone calls, Billi maintains close to her Chinese Nai Nai (Mandarin for ‘Grandma’). Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen) is diagnosed with that familiar terminal paracite. With only weeks to live, but not to worry Nai Nai, her family decides to hide it from her. Orchestrating a last minute wedding between Billi’s cousin and girlfriend of three months, the family use it as a cover story to spend Nai Nai’s final days together. Despite her parents’ efforts to stop her, Billi flies out to see her Grandma one last time. The Farewell explores how Billi’s identity is split across two cultures, further complicated by her conflict of ethics in withholding knowledge from someone with little time to live. Based on director Lulu Wang’s own story, the film is sweet in its sorrow, exploring grief in a rare way. (research Rachel Williams) And you can bet your sweet fannydoodledoo, Nai Nai knows all along. No spoiler just guessing – from plot, latest stars and Hollywood’s irresistible shmarlz magnet. But don’t miss.