The Farewell

The Farewell

Bie Gao Su Ta

DVD - 2019
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Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi 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 Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there's a lot to celebrate.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : Lionsgate, 2019
Branch Call Number: DVD FAREWELL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: In English and Mandarin with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Alternative Title: Bie gao su ta

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jzimmer
Jan 19, 2020

I just couldn’t get into this movie. Does explain cultural differences with a good context. But the movie was slow and boring.

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kaybea
Jan 19, 2020

I found the movie rather staid. However I will give it credit for shedding light on the differences between Eastern and Western philosophies of life, particularly in the way that family members interact -- but, more than that, it truly enhances understanding of Chinese life, beliefs, and traditions.

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arahim
Jan 19, 2020

Excellent film and should have received several Oscar nominations.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 17, 2020

Subtle and poignant movie about a multi-generational Chinese family (some in America, some in Japan, some in China) getting together for a wedding because the matriarch is diagnosed with cancer. The twist, which is based on a true story, is that the family is not telling her. Rapper turned comic actor turned dramatic actor Awkwafina has been justly praised for her performance. Everyone is good, but she really carries the movie and displays an emotional range that was absent from her comic roles ("Crazy Rich Asians," "Ocean's Eight"). Written and directed by Lulu Wang.

thisamericanlife.org/585/in-defense-of-ignorance/act-one-7

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Dee_BPL
Jan 15, 2020

I truly enjoyed this movie! I knew it was about a multi-generational family coming together from all over the world to say their last good-byes (without actually saying them) to their beloved mother/grandmother (who doesn't know that she is dying) - so I didn't expect it to be a lighthearted film. Awkwafina does a beautiful job portraying Nai-Nai's granddaughter who has difficulty deceiving her grandmother as to why they are all truly visiting in China. If you're looking for a film with warmth and emotion that demonstrates the complicated dynamics of family relationships - this one is for you.

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NFN
Jan 14, 2020

An average movie with some interesting cultural insights. I was not impressed with Awkwifina.

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atwood_benner_cho
Jan 14, 2020

Good acting. Some moments of good cinematography. Totally worth watching.

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susancp61
Jan 14, 2020

It's not for everyone.
I expected, more humour.
Interesting. family dynamics.
Acting was good. I love
Akwafina.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 11, 2020

After seeing the film I drew the conclusion this film has been over-rated by the critics. It is a good film, as long as you are prepared to immerse yourself into a family's problems and age-old traditions. Some cultural value here but not much else for me.

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knobbyknees69
Dec 31, 2019

Agree with many statements already written here. I was as well surprised, and very impressed with the information relayed--and the manner it was relayed--to all viewers. I always want to learn new things, and in this I did as well. I am pleased I requested this film, and DO recommend it to others.

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jimg2000
Dec 12, 2019

Only three quotes in IMDb this morning. Expect many more in the near future. Here is the "On the roof" joke:

So one day the wife goes out of town. And when she returns, the husband says... honey, the cat is dead. And she says "How can you tell me so abruptly like this?" You have to ease me into bad news." Like honey... the cat, he got on the roof.

So... now... a few months later the wife goes out of town again. And she returns, and the husband greets her again. But this time he learned his lesson. And as the wife comes through the door he says, "Honey, your mom, she got on the roof."

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