7.4/10
65
3 user 5 critic

Speak Like a Child (1998)

A married couple meets up with an old friend. It is revealed that the three had become close friends at a home for children. Flashbacks develops their relationship and their sharing of ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: John Akomfrah
Stars: Pervaiz Khan, Meera Syal, Yvonne Weekes
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of a generation. A thinker and commentator, his peers include other giants of political commentary such as Noam ... See full summary »

Director: John Akomfrah
Stars: Stuart Hall, Catherine Hall
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Part documentary, part personal essay, this experimental film combines archive imagery with the striking wintry landscapes of Alaska to tell the story of immigrant experience coming into the UK from 1960 onwards.

Director: John Akomfrah
Desire (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Scottish woman who attends school in Paris comes home for the summer and helps take in the straw, where she meets an attractive and simple man. They begin a torrid affair despite the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Birkin
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Vincent D'Onofrio, Anaïs Jeanneret
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Seventy short films about cinema and its future.

Directors: Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, and 71 more credits »
Stars: Bernardo Bertolucci, Haile Gerima, Bernardo Greco
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Billy, Age 30
Richard Mylan ...
Sammy, Age 30
...
Ruby, Age 30
Daniel Newman ...
Billy, Age 14
...
Sammy, Age 14
Alison Mac ...
Ruby, Age 14
Carla Henry ...
Dorothy
Gavin Green ...
Bernie
Emma Armitage ...
Katy
Tim Bird ...
David
Dawn Fletcher ...
Betty
Adam Moran ...
Freddy Banes
...
Bobby Banes
Adam Pearson ...
Bobby Banes
Tracy Emmerton ...
Sally
Edit

Storyline

A married couple meets up with an old friend. It is revealed that the three had become close friends at a home for children. Flashbacks develops their relationship and their sharing of everything. It is revealed that the single man wants the couple to move in with him. The woman, who is pregnant, reveals she is ready to dump her husband and begin a relationship with the other man. But all are bothered by some distant past secret. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 September 1998 (Italy)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Persuaders! (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Swim Through Love's Tears
Written by Adrian Thomas
Performed by Adrian Thomas
Vocals by Chloe LeFaye
Guitars by Pete Dixon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
beautifully photographed dark parable.
22 November 1998 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

I viewed this film at the recent London film festival screening, at which the director was present to discuss his work. The story is a bleak tale of life for 3 teenagers in a remote children's home and its effects upon them in adult life. Told in flashback, the story recounts how the three (2 boys,1 girl) band together emotionally and physically in the face of adversity, ultimately committing murder and covering it up. In the present, the three are all sad, emotionally drifting individuals who return to the scene of their crime, each with a different agenda. The story builds in both the past and present to a violent climax. Filmed in Scotland, although set on the Northumberland coast, this film is effective in drawing one into the plight of the three main characters, although we are almost in a dreamworld, set outside of normal society - so remote is the location.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I buy Speak Like a Child? hanman60
Discuss Speak Like a Child (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?