Excerpt: The Farewell is a movie of dichotomies — Chinese culture and American culture, parents and children, mourning and celebrating, youth and old age — that appropriately straddles the line between drama and comedy.
Excerpt: In a time where the Big™ inhales the Small™, here’s a film that refuses to be so — financially, culturally and narratively — and becomes a HAH! that turns heads. It also presents us with the struggle to find a more human and fulfilling story in 2019.
Excerpt: American audiences have become so accustomed to cinema that caters to their cultural standards that being exposed to other nations’ traditions can be a bit of a shock. With “The Farewell,” not only do viewers get an education in the Chinese customs surrounding death, they also come to understand how Americanized immigrants can be confused by the same, being so far removed from their own heritage.