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THE FAREWELL (PG)
Fri 30 Aug - Sun 2 Sep
OPENS 5 SEPTEMBER
In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai (grandma), 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.
“Poignant and funny.” Kyle Buchanan, New York Times
“One of the most genuinely moving films I’ve ever seen at the Sundance Film Festival.” Dave Fear – Rolling Stone
Movie Review Club film for September
On the fourth Wednesday of each month (March to November) the Arts Cinema hosts a Movie Review Club. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss the selected film with a forum of academics.
Simply see The Farewell ahead of time, and join us on the day for an interactive discussion. Lunch is offered at a special price and it costs nothing to become a member of the Movie Review Club.
When: Wed 25 Sep, 10.30am
Where: The Lounge Room
Category Arts & Culture