The Farewell

98 mins • PG


Lark Theater Fri, Sep 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Lark Theater Sat, Sep 7, 2019 6:15 PM
Lark Theater Tue, Sep 10, 2019 12:10 PM
Lark Theater Wed, Sep 11, 2019 2:30 PM
Lark Theater Fri, Sep 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Lark Theater Mon, Sep 16, 2019 4:00 PM
Lark Theater Tue, Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Lark Theater Wed, Sep 18, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2019
Genre:Comedy | Drama
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lulu Wang
Cast:Awkwafina | Tzi Ma | Diana Lin | Zhao Shuzhen



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.

"Zoabi relies on the old adage that we have more in common than not,
but it's a lesson that bears repeating - particularly when laughs come with it."

San Francisco Chronicle

"When each of us contains multitudes, "The Farewell" suggests, home is everywhere, or anywhere we happen to be. "
Washington Post