Liberty Theatre | Camas WA | The Farewell
The Farewell (PG) Release Date: August 30th, 2019
Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.
Director: Lulu Wang
Genres: Comedy
Starring: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Jim Liu, Gil Perez-Abraham
Would you tell someone you loved that they were gravely ill, or would you spare them from grief and hopelessness?

Director and screenwriter Lulu Wang’s remarkable new film THE FAREWELL explores this question – drawn from Wang’s real life – as seen through the cross-cultural perspective of a Chinese American woman played with astounding depth by your new favorite actress, Awkwafina (yes, really). THE FAREWELL’s wry comedy, soulful drama, and fascinating depiction of middle-class Chinese culture is truly something special.
Based on a story Wang recounted in a 2016 episode of “This American Life,” THE FAREWELL follows Billi, a New York-based writer who learns that her beloved grandmother – who lives in Changchun, China – has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But Billi’s appalled to learn that not only is her extended family not telling her Nai Nai that she’s going to die, they’re actually manufacturing a fake wedding as an excuse to gather together to be with her.

THE FAREWELL could have been a silly black comedy or a devastating drama, but it’s something more than that – a depiction of how this family, split across multiple countries and cultures, experiences grief and celebrates life.
99% FRESH! on RottenTomatoes "The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes."
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