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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'The Farewell'

Updated July 18, 2019 6.1k views17 items

If you've seen the movie, this is your opportunity to vote for the best The Farewell quotes. The screenplay has been praised by critics, so you will have a lot of options from which to choose. It contains some funny lines, but also some touching bits of dialogue.

Writer/director Lulu Wang based the story on an actual situation from her life. Awkwafina, who rose to stardom in Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, plays Billi. Her beloved grandmother Nai Nai has been given a terminal cancer diagnosis but doesn't know it. The rest of the family makes the decision to not tell her. Instead, they arrange for a splashy wedding so that everyone can see Nai Nai one last time before she passes. Billi is the only member of the group not on board with this plan. She struggles to decide whether it's the right thing to do.

The Farewell premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it immediately made a huge splash. A24 snapped up the distribution rights for a reported $7 million. Reviews have been universally positive. As of mid-July, the movie has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Vote up the most memorable The Farewell quotes from the list below, regardless of which character says them. 

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  • 1

    Nai Nai

    Nai Nai
    Photo: A24

    Jian: Your Nai Nai is dying.

  • 2

    Most Families

    Most Families
    Photo: A24

    Doctor Song: It's a good lie. Most families in China would not tell her.

  • 3

    Chinese Saying

    Chinese Saying
    Photo: A24

    Jian: Chinese people have a saying: When people get cancer, they die. 

  • 4

    Bite

    Bite
    Photo: A24

    Nai Nai (force-feeding Billi): Take a big bite!