Remove ads

Information

Year
2019
Runtime
100 min.
Director
Lulu Wang
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
0
Checks
992
Favs
95
Dislikes
3
Favs/checks
9.6% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
32:1
* View IMDb information

Top comments

  1. satisfythecrave's avatar

    satisfythecrave

    I watched this movie on the day my Uncle died after I visited him a few weeks ago to say goodbye. He had cancer all over. At least he still had his mind. My Mother is also dying. Her mind has wasted away. I'm consistently saying goodbye to her, every day. This movie makes me feel okay to think of them both. Plus, this film featured the one song I remember my Mother telling me she *hated* - "Killing Me Softly" by The Fugees. Kinda serendipitous.

    This is a lot of info, but yeah. Thank you, Lulu Wang.
    4 months 2 weeks ago
  2. WanderingSoul's avatar

    WanderingSoul

    I just loved this. Big-hearted, warm, funny, devastating and majestically shot family drama from director Lulu Wang.

    Absurdly great performances from many of those involved, but Shuzhen Zhao puts in what's very much an immediate classic performance as Nai Nai. What's great is how inventive the camera work is to amplify the cast's work. There's loads of scenes around dinner tables shot with lively details or movement that bring a brilliant energy to what could have just been straightforward dialogue scenes. Lots of clever, unusual framing choices throughout that help bring lots of the subtle scene-setting to the fore. General resemblances to the likes of Ozu are there, but this paves its own path stylistically.

    Great use of language as well. It's a multi-lingual film - Chinese, English and a little bit of Japanese - but the language barriers between individual characters are used to lovely effect in many scenes. Language in The Farewell can be a connection, a barrier, a weapon, a private space. The differing levels of understanding of situations further electrifies proceedings.

    But really it's just a delightful film to get lost in. It's quirky without being cloying; it's emotional without being overbearing; and it's funny while being deeply respectful towards the very different cultures on display (Wang's obviously more attuned to the cultural nuances and sensitivities than an 'outsider' would be).
    4 months ago
  3. wilyhawk's avatar

    wilyhawk

    The movie started off kinda meh.
    In the 2nd half there were a couple of good scenes.
    And then in the end I felt somewhere in between.
    I wouldn't say it's an award winning movie, but not terrible either.
    1 week 4 days ago
See all comments

Friends

Login to see which of your friends have seen this movie!

Activity

  1. rossirage checked this movie 1 hour 45 minutes ago
  2. devc checked this movie 4 hours 34 minutes ago
  3. jmarasco added this movie to their watchlist 6 hours 59 minutes ago
  4. Skira favorited this movie 12 hours 27 minutes ago
  5. Skira checked this movie 12 hours 27 minutes ago
  6. Spacegod87 and beisaa checked this movie 14 hours 3 minutes ago
See more activity

In 1 official list

  1. This movie ranks #24 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
    Best Of Rotten Tomatoes's icon

    Best Of Rotten Tomatoes

    24
View all lists this movie is in