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  • Published: 30 August 2019
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    This sound echoing through a neighborhood in the Chinese city of Changchun isn’t that of laughter, but of a disciplined workout routine. It’s coming from Billi (Nora Lum, a.k.a. Awkwafina) and her grandmother, or Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen).

    In “The Farewell,” Billi has returned to the city to visit her ailing Nai Nai, who has been diagnosed with cancer. But the grandmother hasn’t been told this diagnosis and thinks that Billi, along with the rest of her family, is visiting for a wedding.

    The shooting style often aims to mirror that narrative through unbroken, stationary shots. Its writer and director, Lulu Wang, explained how in an interview.

    “We use the static frame a lot throughout the film as a way to represent the performative nature of what’s going on,” she said, “that the family is performing joy, that they’re performing this wedding for Nai Nai’s sake and there’s a theatricality to it.”

    Here, Wang discusses how she worked with her actors and gave them the freedom to move around the frame and even out of it to build a naturalistic sequence that solidifies the chemistry between them.

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Comments • 16

  • yl yxdlzy
    yl yxdlzy  1 months back

    Odessa shooting is a Beautiful scenery! Support democracy and freedom! Americans must pursue democracy like Hong Kong. The United States needs more such beautiful scenery.

    • NickotBG
      NickotBG  1 months back

      Thanks for your pro-China propaganda.

      Why don't you make a movie about the Uighurs?

      Or Liu Xiabo?

      • yl yxdlzy
        yl yxdlzy  4 weeks back

        @NickotBG Europe is now a pet dog in the United States and will soon become a pet dog in China. Obey your master

      • NickotBG
        NickotBG  4 weeks back

        @yl yxdlzy oh such an ingenious CCP troll.
        I'm in Europe by the way, and we don't want your CCP bullsht here too.

        Also, refering to shootings, your mass stabbings in China aren't bad either.

        Free Hong Kong
        Free Taiwan!!!

      • yl yxdlzy
        yl yxdlzy  1 months back

        Odessa shooting is a Beautiful scenery! Support democracy and freedom! Americans must pursue democracy like Hong Kong. The United States needs more such beautiful scenery.

    • patrick m
      patrick m  1 months back

      I'm looking at some of the old twitter posts from the new york times. The KKK would be very proud.

      • TheLordBaZAr23
        TheLordBaZAr23  1 months back

        😀😀😀

        • Vicky Lee
          Vicky Lee  1 months back

          Such a beautiful film, I'm excited to see what Lulu does next!

          • RHONDA ROSE
            RHONDA ROSE  1 months back

            ty.there is so much joy in sharing w/o expectations.

            • rita dogg
              rita dogg  1 months back

              Really loved this film, made me miss my grandmother and the things I would do with her. ❤️😔

              • Crushi .Music, Art & Love.

                Thanks for sharing on youtube. I don't have the money to sub to NYT but I respect and love your newspaper, crossword and publishing.

                • P L1951
                  P L1951  1 months back

                  I genuinely disliked this movie. It’s all based on a lie for the right reasons but regardless the lying bothered me. Too much pretense for me.

                  • Atheral
                    Atheral  1 months back

                    Fantastic movie, everyone should see it. Thanks Lulu, looking forward to your next project!

                    • Bob Jones
                      Bob Jones  1 months back

                      Why would a Chinese director have Awkwafina, a Korean, play a Chinese girl? Perpetuating the stereotype that all Asians look alike and all Asian cultures are interchangeable. It's not like there was a shortage of Chinese American actresses to fill that role.

                      • Johnson Young
                        Johnson Young  1 months back

                        Interesting! The first time New York Times doesn’t wanna independence someplace from China. 😂

                        • Dana White
                          Dana White  1 months back

                          more retro report