“Come Healing of the Body, Come Healing of the Mind”: Review of ‘The Farewell’

It takes a daring director to envisage a charming tale of little white lies, but Lulu Wang’s morally ambiguous and emotionally justifiable dramedy comes from a place of unquestionable honesty: true life. Her own personal history informs the basis of The Farewell, where a young American (Billi) returns to her home country of China to meet her grandmother (Nai Nai) for a final goodbye. Billi’s culture shock is the least of her worries when it is revealed by her family that they must keep Nai Nai’...

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