Which is better: to ignore the truth, or confront it?
Sometimes, it doesn’t feel that simple. Sometimes we tell half-truths or skip around it with ease. For Billi’s family, lying is at the forefront of their every action after learning her grandmother has stage-four lung cancer. Rather than telling her outright, they treat it like nothing’s happened and put up a ruse to keep her from ever finding out. But the morality of the situation puts Billi in a hard place, and she can’t help but question her family’s motives.
The Farewell is Rated PG for thematic material, brief language and some smoking. It features Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, and Diana Lin. Directed by Lulu Wang.
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Melvin Benson is the creator, editor, and lead host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!
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