The Farewell

Wednesday, 9pm, Film4





Film What’s On

“Based on an actual lie”, Lulu Wang’s exceptional drama tells the true story of her Chinese grandma. Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao) has stage 4 lung cancer but the rest of the family decide to keep the terminal news from her (this is perfectly legal in China). Awkwafina plays her New York-based grandchild Billi, who reluctantly plays along with the deception at a cousin’s hastily arranged wedding – a pretext to gather the diaspora to see Nai Nai for the final time. Amid much eating, drinking and stifled tears, a China-expat culture clash plays out, stress-testing deeply held ideas of family, death and marriage.