The Farewell ★★★★½

I was raised by my grandmother; she is the woman who has had the most influence in making me the man that I am now. It's no surprise that I was in tears for the majority of The Farewell: not just tears of sadness, but also tears of joy from witnessing and relishing the great bonds we have with our grandmothers, and the delight we find when we are all together, a great big family, whether in sadness or celebration. My family is large, and close, and loving; it was such a treat to see this same dynamic on screen in The Farewell, to see a family navigate hard times with grace and humour and togetherness, and especially with love. I loved listening to Lulu Wang break down how the drafts of The Farewell's screenplay changed in Vanity Fair's Notes on a Screenplay: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_taWSzIaBYg

(originally posted on inthemargins.ca)