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THE FAREWELL (PG) Thursday 21 November 7:45PM
  • Country: USA 2019
  • Director: Lulu Wang
  • Language: Partly in Mandarin with subtitles.
  • Runtime: 1h 40m
  • Tickets: £8.50, Conc. £7.50 incl. 50p cmsn.
  • Venue: STUDIO
  • With: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Shuzhen Zhou

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In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, U.S.-raised Billi returns to her family’s Chinese home town to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given just weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding. 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.

“...deftly mixes comedy and tragedy, and manages to be heartfelt without being cloying or sentimental.” Adam Graham Detroit News
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