Saturday, July 20, 2019

'Based on (an) Actual Lie(s) --- Day 8/107

Walk: Pickleball courts, AMC Kabuki (The Farewell)
Distance: 3.6 miles, 1.5 hours pickleball, yogaish stretches

Awkwafina and Shuzhen Zhou in The Farewell

Ciwt connected with the tender, poignant, sometimes humorous new movie The Farewell.  But probably not as completely as many in the large, mostly Asian audience she was viewing with. From hearing the near continuous and knowing laughter from them, Ciwt could tell the writer-director, Lulu Wang, had captured masterfully the everyday ways of Chinese family dynamics as well as some of the challenges faced by people who have roots in both Chinese and American cultures. Those audience members it seemed were deeply immersed, and hearing how completely they were identifying enriched Ciwt's experience and understanding that, yes, even though we are all residents of San Francisco, there are profound cultural differences.

The actress at the center of The Farewell, Awkwafina (nee Doris Lum) is a wonder, inhabiting the moment, constantly surprising the audience (and maybe herself).  Through her, and Nai Nai, the grandmother especially, this movie about death is all about life.

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