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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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Peter Mullan

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Peter Mullan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Henshall ... Michael
Gary Lewis ... Thomas
Rosemarie Stevenson Rosemarie Stevenson ... Sheila
Stephen McCole ... John
Ann Swan Ann Swan ... Mother of Family
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ... Frank
Jan Wilson Jan Wilson ... Sandra (Woman in Bar)
Lenny Mullan Lenny Mullan ... Julian (Bar Manager)
Malcolm Shields ... Duncan
June Brogan June Brogan ... Mona
Paul Doonan Paul Doonan ... Lenny (Duncan's brother)
Linda Jane Devlin Linda Jane Devlin ... Evelyn (Waitress in Bar) (as Linda Cuthbert)
Lex Keith Lex Keith ... Himself
Hugh Ferris Hugh Ferris ... Himself
Joel Strachan Joel Strachan ... Neil (Lad in Toilet)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ett sista farväl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,098, 12 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,501, 19 March 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 Jean de Florette (1986) See more »

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The Crucifixion
Written by Billy Connolly
Performed by Billy Connolly
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Surreal and brilliant
6 April 2000 | by jack-310See 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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