Lulu Wang directs this film, and it stars Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Zhao Shuzhen, Diana Lin, Yongbo Jiang, Aoi Mizuhara, and Lu Hong.
This movie is about a true story, and it’s about a family who has decided to keep the prognosis of the matriarch to themselves. Billi (Awkwafina) finds out about the situation and questions why she and her family won’t tell her grandmother about her prognosis.
I didn’t think Rocketman would get knocked out of my number 1 spot, but I hadn’t seen this film until this morning. Yes! I’m calling it! The Farewell is my favorite film of this year (for now). A movie about a family and how each member of this family copes and tries to accept (but most importantly understand) the terminal prognosis of the matriarch of the family. In many Chinese families, it’s common for the patient not to know their forecast. As they think it’s best for the patient to live their finals days to their fullest instead of worrying and living in fear. Wow!! I loved this film in its entirety. Of course, my mother’s death had plenty of influence on why I love this movie. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in this family shoes and why? Each member has a unique way of dealing with this situation, and it’s fascinating to watch it unfold onscreen. It also brings up the topic of different ideologies based on geography, mainly east vs. west ideologies. Majority of the family lives in China, but other members live in the United States and others in Japan. This film is surprisingly funny courtesy of the grandmother. The chemistry between Awkwafina and Zhao is gold. The acting is phenomenal, and I echo everyone else’s opinions on Awkwafinas performance, “she is a revelation.” I cried multiple times, and there is one specific scene towards the end that completely broke me, and I started sobbing. This movie surely made me miss my mother. I always tell others to call their parents or grandparents and tell them you love them because once they are gone, it’ll be too late. This film will undoubtedly persuade you to call your loved ones. The ending in this film will undoubtedly have you questioning the decision of this family. A little side note, don’t watch this film if you’re hungry because this film will certainly trigger your appetite. If you live in LA/NYC, please see this film not only to watch a great movie but to help it get a wide release.
I give this film a 10 out of 10