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

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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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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