(PG) • 98 minutes •
Director: Lulu Wang
Starring: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Jim Liu
Synopsis: 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 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: 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. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.
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(PG) • 122 minutes •
Director: Michael Engler
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggat, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Imelda Staunton, Robert James-Collier, Raquel Cassidy
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