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The Cement Garden (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 February 1994 (USA)
Four children try to hold things together and play a family in their isolated prefab house after the death of their parents. As they begin to deteriorate mentally, they hide their mom's festering corpse in a makeshift concrete sarcophagus.



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Complete credited cast:
Andrew Robertson ...
Ned Birkin ...
Derek, Julie's Friend
Gareth Brown ...
Commander Hunt (voice)
Dick Flockhart ...
Truck Driver
Mike Clark ...
Driver's Mate


After the death of her husband, the mother of Julie, Jack, Sue and Tom begins to suffer from a mysterious illness. Aware that she is going to have to go into hospital she opens a bank account for the children, so that they can be financially self-sufficient and will be able to avoid being taken into care by the authorities. Unfortunately she also dies and Julie and Jack (the older, teenage children) decide to hide her body in the basement so that they can have free reign of their household. Soon Tom has taken to dressing as a girl whilst Sue has become increasingly reticent, confiding only to her diary, meanwhile Jack and Julie sense an attraction developing for each other. However Julie's new beau, Derek, threatens to unearth the many dark secrets within this family as he becomes increasingly suspicious of Jack. Written by Jagged-11

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Love knows no limits.




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Release Date:

11 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A cementkert  »

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$322,975 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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A quote from the film (as spoken by Gainsbourg) is featured in the introduction to the 2001 Madonna song "What It Feels Like for a Girl". See more »


After Jack stops tickling Julie, she is sitting up, then sits up again. See more »


Jack: Wonder if they're watching us now.
Tom: Who?
Jack: Mum and Dad. Think they're in Heaven?
Tom: Don't know about Dad but Mum's in the cellar.
Jack: What do you mean?
Tom: She's in the cellar under that big metal case and all that hard stuff.
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References Our Mother's House (1967) See more »


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(Jeff Wilcox)
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Odd & gripping film about the brewing attraction between a brother and sister.
6 March 1999 | by (Irvine, California) – See all my reviews

I have to admit the film is disturbing, and frank. The subject matter is dark, yet there are moments of honest humor. The performances by Charlotte Gainsburg and others are so impressive I became lost in their world. It's a world where a small family can exist surrounded by nothing but concrete and rubble. It is very troubling, and thought provoking... and the end is not one of hope nor hopelessness.. A very good film!

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