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Orphans (1998)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  7 May 1999 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosemarie Stevenson ...
Ann Swan ...
Mother of Family
Gilbert Martin ...
Jan Wilson ...
Sandra (Woman in Bar)
Lenny Mullan ...
Julian (Bar Manager)
June Brogan ...
Paul Doonan ...
Lenny (Duncan's brother)
Linda Jane Devlin ...
Evelyn (Waitress in Bar) (as Linda Cuthbert)
Lex Keith ...
Hugh Ferris ...
Joel Strachan ...
Neil (Lad in Toilet)


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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Release Date:

7 May 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ett sista farväl  »

Box Office

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


$49,501 (USA) (17 March 2000)

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So misunderstood...
29 October 2003 | by (Scotsman in exile: West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I've noticed that what people seem to miss in their reviews of this fine movie is that the characters aren't really supposed to be likeable. This is not a Meg Ryan romantic comedy, it's a tough, gritty ultra-realistic portrayal of the poor sections of Scotland's largest city and the people who inhabit them. I mean really... if you're looking for "Sleepless In Seattle", this movie is not for you. If you're concerned about the language

  • as some previous reviewers have been - take my advice; avoid this movie

and avoid Glasgow. People really talk like that.

Mullen, already an accomplished actor both on stage and film, shows that his talent stretches far beyond performance and delivers both in the script and directorally a solid and enjoyably depressing movie with equal laughs and tears. It puts the viewer on a relentless, unforgiving emotional rollercoaster; up in parts and down the next with little warning and not much time to adjust. This makes for uncomfortable viewing at times, but therein lies the genius behind it.

It amazes me that people waste time on the pointless "Trainspotting" when gems like 'Orphans' (and "My Name Is Joe") are around. It's masterful film-making, taking realistic characters and settings down dark and noirish surrealistic scenarios with spot-on performances by all. If you know Glasgow, you'll see it in all its glory, good and bad, perfectly portrayed on the screen. If you're not from Glasgow but you have an open mind, don't miss it.

And remember... every f**ker loves Connolly. ;)

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