The Farewell (2019) is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. It is a moving and witty story of the culture clash between the bonds of blood and the ties of culture; and the American tendency to freely share thoughts and feelings with the Chinese way of parcelling up emotions.
The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes.
Billi (Peik Lin Go, who played Awkwafina in Crazy Rich Asians) feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family's decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.
Hailed as a big, warm, lovely hug of a film.
In English and Mandarin Chinese, with English subtitles.
Running time : 1 hour 40 mins
Ratings : Rotten Tomatoes 87% / IMdb 7.6/10
Dream Horse (2020) is based on the true story (and documentary - Dark Horse) of Janet Vokes (Toni Collette), a former whippet breeder and pigeon fancier from the Welsh village of Cefn Fforest, who organised a community syndicate to buy a racehorse.
It’s a wise investment, as the horse turns out to be a winner and a symbol of hope in Cefn Fforest, an economically depressed former mining village in Wales.
The Guardian review says “Yes, it’s schmaltzy, very schmaltzy, but with strong performances by Toni Collette and Damian Lewis the odds are that you’ll love it”.
Running time : 1 hour 53 minutes
Ratings : 6.9 IMDb / 88% Rotten Tomatoes
The Father (2020) is an academy award winning film based on Florian Zeller's 2012 play 'Le Pere'. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, this psychological drama follows the story of an ageing man, Anthony, who must deal with his progressing dementia whilst living alone and defiantly rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces.
Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can't make daily visits anymore and Anthony's grip on reality is unraveling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her?
The Father warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant -- a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.
Running time : 1 hour 37 minutes
Ratings : 8.3 IMDb / 98% Rotten Tomatoes