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You know, one of the few good memories of my childhood were those summers at Nai Nais's. They had that garden, Ye Ye and I would catch dragonflies. And then we just moved to the States. Everything was different. Everyone was gone. And it was just the three of us.
I know it was hard. It was hard for us too.
I wanted to believe that it was a good thing, but all I saw was fear in your eyes. And I was confused and scared constantly because you never told me what was going on. And then Ye Ye died. You...
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It is useless for people to be so picky about the fact that the film does not transmit the long-awaited emotions. The title of the film in in the italian version is flanked by the phrase "a lie for good" and everything is explained in this sentence. Lulu Wang's work revolves around a lie and the psychological consequences of the characters and their first characterization followed by a second and final one that the lie itself causes. Everything is directed with simplicity and skill, capturing the nuances of a well-rooted culture in a casual chinese family where there is also the theme of immigration and their values absorbed and merged by other cultures. The film succeeds in this message, manages to convey emotions and fictitiously by its own representation of the farewell. A masterpiece of a lie.
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