The Farewell (2019)


A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. (IMDb)
An aching portrait of a family with a shared culture and history and varying values and vision, held together (and you’re right there with them) in a collective suppressed grief that can’t help but seep out at the edges and burst forth in sudden waves (see the wedding breaks; for me, it was the look back and the wave). The script perhaps could have dug a little deeper, but the naturalistic turns, sensitive direction, and superb music and cinematography certainly created an affecting atmosphere.
8/10 (Great)



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