An Introduction To The Farewell

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An Introduction To The Farewell

 

A Trip to the Movies The Farewell

 

 

 

 

An Introduction To The Farewell   For those who follow my posts on even a semi-regular basis may know that I have shared my thoughts on movies, movie-going and many things film-related.

 

I make no excuses about liking films especially those that may be identified as obscure at best. You know sometimes it's about the movie. And sometimes it is not.  It's about a lot more.  The same can be said about many of the things happening around the world and even those events in our daily lives. 

 

Over the weekend, I saw the movie The Farewell.  At the film's start, we see that it is "based on a true lie". The film was shot primarily in China with some scenes in New York City.  It is in both Mandarin and English in parts. 

 

It tells the story of a woman who is a native of China and living in the United States who, with her parents, returns to their homeland under the ruse of an upcoming family wedding but in reality it is learned her grandmother has what is described as a fatal illness. 

 

The twist in this story is that no one in the grandmother's world is willing to tell the woman of her illness.  It doesn't seem to have the madcap hilarity of a typical comedy but this film described as a dramedy works well even though there were moments when I felt a bit lost.  Once again life is shown as being comprised of both light and dark moments.  The "struggle" of Grandmother is effectively addressed through both languages. 

 

The location is in China but the reality of the situation underscores that geography, language and culture are not necessarily boundaries when it comes to communication of a story. 

 

But the credits rolling after the film doesn't necessarily signal the actual end - what did you think of that movie?  That experience?  The point? Was it one that is relate-able?  At times, you have to pause and think.  Conversations begin.  Discussions occur. 

 

And it doesn't involve movies only.  Sometimes it's one thing that leads to another.  And sometimes it's something entirely different.  As for this film, even though this is defintely not intended to be a movie review, I liked it.   Even though some things might have flown over my head at times.  The dialog in the movie  worked for me as well as the conversations it inspired.  

 

 

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An Introduction To The Farewell

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Rainmaker
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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HI Michael Jacobs - You would be someone we would welcome into our movie group. I am a "meat and potatoes" moviegoer. But there is so much diversity in the seven people of our group that we review movies I would never have watched and enjoy the discussion immensely.  We learn about each other and all aspects of the movie. It is kind of like a book club, we watch 2 movies and come prepared to discuss them. Lots of fun!  

Jul 16, 2019 02:18 PM #23
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 Michael Jacobs an interesting movie based on true lie to watch.

Jul 16, 2019 03:55 PM #24
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Michael Jacobs this sounds like an intriguing movie with intersting twists and turns between 2 countries. I miss seeing movies - I need to make more time to do so. Thanks for the reminder!

Jul 16, 2019 03:58 PM #25
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - it seems like your movie club is the right match for you and exposes you to some different views.  

John Pusa - thank you for the comment.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - time is, of course, finite. In so many aspects of life.  

Jul 16, 2019 04:28 PM #26
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I'm always looking for a good movie to watch.  I'll look for "The Farewell," Michael!  Thanks for your review!

Jul 16, 2019 06:09 PM #27
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Myrl Jeffcoat - it was released on July 12, 2019 in limited distribution and hopefully will expand to a theater near you in the near future before expansion to one of the streaming services.  

Jul 16, 2019 06:16 PM #28
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Michael, have been going to the movies more often lately, so will have to see if/where it is playing in Denver.   

Jul 17, 2019 07:02 AM #29
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Joan Cox - this movie will be expanding to multiple cities I assume and eventually be available on one of the streaming service.  If you see it, I hope you enjoy it. 

Jul 17, 2019 11:26 AM #30
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The Farewell sounds like a great  movie since it leads to conversation. Haven't seen it playing around here yet.

Jul 18, 2019 08:15 AM #31
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If we can find it, we'll try to see it. Still working on carving out time for Pavarotti. :) 

Jul 18, 2019 10:18 AM #32
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Hi Michael Jacobs - I always enjoy good movies including foreign films which are especially interesting! The Farewell sounds like something I would enjoy with lots of twists and turns. 

Jul 18, 2019 07:29 PM #33
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - I am sure it will make its way to New Jersey.

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - time is certainly a precious commodity.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - considering the subject matter, it has quite a few moments of good comedy...not madcap hilarity but good fun. 

Jul 18, 2019 08:04 PM #34
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Michael, thanks for sharing yoru thoughts sbout the movie. It may be interesting to see, especially with the thoughts it may provoke. I hadn't seen that term dramedy, but now it makes sense - drama+comedy.

Jul 21, 2019 07:16 AM #35
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Well, you are certainly entitled to post what you like and regardless of the topic, your blogs are some of the best 'reads' in the Rain!

Sounds like an interesting movie and with my nursing background, something that would appeal to me as well.

I can say that I am aware that we are all going to die but, I am a 'preparer' and would be absolutely horrified if I realized I was dying and everyone had kept this from me. I have seen it done with families before and my heart goes out to those 'Grandmothers' and other family members like in The Farewell. 

Live & let live...or live and let die! I say it light-hearted but, it reall is a serious topic. It sounds like the movie did a good job of combining the two.

 

And, like Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, I'm still trying to get to Pavarotti! 

Jul 21, 2019 06:49 PM #36
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Steffy Hristova - in fact, I saw someone this week and we were talking about the movie - practically a week since I saw it.

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I saw another movie today and I am deciding if it is blog-ready in case you need another film to consider.  

Jul 21, 2019 09:29 PM #37
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I just saw an actress from the movie on a talk show and thought it sounded like a movie I would like. Thanks for confirming!

Jul 22, 2019 02:32 PM #38
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Sharon Tara - Joan Cox mentioned she saw a story on The Today Show(I believe) too.  It seems that wider release as well as eventual home streaming is a good possibility.

Jul 22, 2019 03:04 PM #39
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I am not a true movie-goer, Michael.  However, I will watch for this to see what intrigued you.  Have a feeling if a few things 'went flying over your head,' there will be many things I miss.  I, at times, have a hard time following the TV show HAWAII FIVE-O.

Jul 25, 2019 05:59 PM #40
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott - stay aware/focused and enjoy the film if you happen to see it.  

Jul 25, 2019 06:40 PM #41
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This is playing at a specialty theater locally and some good friends have seen it but I have not been motivated to do so.  I like foreign films, I don't mind subtitles.  I like documentaries too.  Lately, the schedule at the commercial theater is not loaded with 'thinker' flicks.  There is something called Ecco that is a sci-fi clone thriller that has the potential to make you wonder what exactly is going on, but the acting is a bit thin and the editing too long in places.  The blockbusters seem to be non-stop of late and every time you see one, you are thrilled by the villains, fights, car chases, costumes, cgi, etc. but completely forget what you just saw as you walk out.  Some sci-fi of late is so out there, without a real human element, that it is totally unrelatable and is simply eye candy.  Which works for many.  Hmmm.  The 'human element' I think is what makes a movie memorable.  Millions spent in special effects can't buy your soul.

You can apply this thinking to creating blogs even.  Here is a recent one worth reading: https://activerain.com/blogsview/5399833/become-a-better-storyteller-or-social-media-will-suck-

Thanks, Michael!!

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