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Orphans (1998)

Four siblings gathered together for their mother's funeral in Glasgow face individual torments over night during a tumultuous storm that rips the roof off the church.

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Michael
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Thomas
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Sheila
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John
Ann Swan ...
Mother of Family
Gilbert Martin ...
Frank
Jan Wilson ...
Sandra (Woman in Bar)
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Duncan
June Brogan ...
Mona
Paul Doonan ...
Lenny (Duncan's brother)
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Evelyn (Waitress in Bar) (as Linda Cuthbert)
Lex Keith ...
Himself
Hugh Ferris ...
Himself
Joel Strachan ...
Neil (Lad in Toilet)
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I quattro figli della signora Flynn si riuniscono a Glasgow, nella casa materna, in occasione dei funerali della madre, morta di recente. L'indomani mattina ci sarà la cerimonia funebre e, mentre un violento temporale si abbatte sulla città, i congiunti si preparano a trascorrere una notte molto difficile. I rapporti fra di loro si fanno più violenti man mano che le ore passano : bisogna accettare il lutto e cercare di ritrovare rapporti familiari ed affettivi ormai scomparsi da tempo. Written by rosebud6

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Are YOUR parents a burden?

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7 May 1999 (UK)  »

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$16,098 (USA) (10 March 2000)

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$49,501 (USA) (17 March 2000)
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Peter Mullan was horrified to learn that the film's production company, FilmFour, had accidentally burned over 30 minutes of footage. This was due to a clerical error. See more »

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Tanga: Black bean sauce? Fuckin' mingin', man.
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References Manon of the Spring (1986) See more »

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Surreal and brilliant
6 April 2000 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

What starts out as simple film about four siblings trying to cope with their mother's death, soon becomes a surreal tour-de-force. Peter Mullen pulls off a very tricky script and several changes of mood in the film to create something quite unique. There are some marvellous set pieces in here. It's a brave choice to use black comedy to highlight the pain of bereavement, but Orphans triumphantly pulls it off.

It's just a shame the film company buried the film, as this is one of the great British movies of the last few decades.


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