The Farewell

When the prognosis isn’t good, is harmony more important than the blunt truth?

A family decision to conceal the truth about a medical diagnosis from the terminally ill matriarch results in a (forced?) marriage and a family reunion that kindles hope that leads to life. A moving look at a family’s efforts to protect their beloved matriarch while secretly surrounding her for what they believe will be the final farewell. Awkwafina deserves all the recognition she received for her performance as Billi in “The Farewell,” and is no surprise the film was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. A beautiful demonstration of how sometimes our lives do not belong to just ourselves as we all are part of a whole.