Haworth Cinema presents
The Farewell (PG)
Friday 12th November at 7:30pm
West Lane Baptist Centre
Adults £4, Students £2
“The Farewell is truly one of the most pleasant surprises of 2019 so far: a big, warm, lovely hug of a film. And that’s no lie.” Nick De Semlyen, EMPIRE
It tells the story of Billi, a confident, headstrong Chinese-American woman and her family. When her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep her grandmother in the dark about her illness. As Billi’s mother explains, “Chinese people have a saying: when people get cancer, they die, but it’s not the cancer that kills them, it’s the fear. We must allow her the best state of mind as she lives out the remainder of her life.”
Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of an impromptu wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their unwitting matriarch. A hastily convened wedding is organised, with Billi’s cousin and his Japanese girlfriend looking shell-shocked as they steamrollered into marriage after just three months of diffident dating!
As they say their farewells without letting on they are grieving will they be able to keep up the pretence and keep their rictus smiles fixed to their faces? Or will someone break under the pressure? (100mins)
The story deftly captures complicated family dynamics and clash of cultures, roots and identities. The American tendency to freely share thoughts and feelings collides with the Chinese way of parcelling up emotions.
A bittersweet, enchanting film it is witty and humorous. It is one of those rare and precious comedies that is as hilarious as it is tragic. As Mark Kermode commented it is truly funny, moving and will make you both laugh and cry. (100mins)
“The Farewell is a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it’s one of the best films of the year.” Clarisse Loughery THE INDEPENDENT
Our next film:
Friday 26th November at 7:30pm: Phantom Thread (15)
Romantic drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis and filmed on location in North Yorkshire including Robin Hood’s bay, Staithes and Grosmont railway station.