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A striking debut feature for writer-director Ekwa Msangi, Farewell Amor movingly captures the fallout from a long-separated family's reunion. Read critic reviews

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After 17 years apart, Angolan immigrant Walter is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter. Now absolute strangers sharing a one bedroom Brooklyn apartment, they struggle to overcome the emotional distance between them. Walter is trying to let go of a previous relationship while his wife Esther struggles with a new country, culture and a husband who seems distant. Their daughter Sylvia is a dancer just like her father, and while she also finds her new life difficult, she bravely starts to explore the city and show herself through dance. The film is both a universal immigrant story and the unique perspective of three characters bound together by history and hope. It is an intimate and deeply personal look at an inter-generational tale that has defined America since its inception.

Cast & Crew

Nana Mensah
Linda
Brandon Lamar
Tall Handsome
Felipe Almonte
Loving Boyfriend
Ekwa Msangi
Screenwriter
Josh Penn
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Lance Acord
Executive Producer
Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Executive Producer
Alicia Brown
Executive Producer
Pradnya Dugal
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Efe Cakarel
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  • The best thing I can say about Farewell Amor is that it's its own movie, the opposite of I'm Thinking of Ending Things...

    December 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • One of the great strengths of Farewell Amor is its intimacy, the sense it conveys of three people close together yet emotionally distant in Walter's small, narrow Brooklyn apartment. Another strength, and a huge one, is Mr. Mwine's portrayal of Walter.

    December 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There are three sides to every story in Ekwa Msangi's vivid and carefully observed feature debut, and so she cleverly splits the film into thirds, replaying the action but changing the vantage point with each chapter.

    December 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An accomplished feature film debut from writer and director Ekwa Msangi.

    December 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An auspicious start to a career that's likely to accelerate fast.

    December 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Its gentle, understated tone belies Msangi's careful attention to rhythm and detail, though the simplicity of the plot, particularly in a few mild contrivances, slightly undermines the story's authenticity.

    December 13, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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