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The Lost Language of Cranes (1991)

A young gay man comes out to his middle-class parents, which has repercussions for his father who has long since been trying to repress his own sexuality.

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Nigel Finch

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Sean Mathias (screenplay), David Leavitt (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cox ... Owen Benjamin
Eileen Atkins ... Rose Benjamin
Angus Macfadyen ... Phillip Benjamin
Corey Parker ... Elliot Abrahams
Cathy Tyson ... Jerene Parks
Ben Daniels ... Robin Bradley
John Schlesinger ... Derek Moulthorpe
Rene Auberjonois ... Geoffrey Lane
Nigel Whitmey ... Winston Penn
Richard Warwick ... Frank
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Nick
Frank Middlemass ... Alex
Edmund Kente Edmund Kente ... Bob
Adam Matalon ... Doorman
Ben McVeigh Ben McVeigh ... Crane child
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A young gay man comes out to his middle-class parents, which has repercussions for his father who has long since been trying to repress his own sexuality.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El lenguaje perdido de las grúas See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: The Botched Language of Cranes (1994) See more »

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A dark, deep film
28 April 2012 | by flowerboySee all my reviews

I read the book way back in the 80s and I had heard it had been made into a movie. But it was only recently that I decided to look for it on the internet -- and voilà -- it was still there, just about alive. Yes, the film seems a little jaded after all these years, but I think it's a classic. Set in London in the 90s, it's about an intellectual middle class family (mother is a book editor, father a university teacher, son is (I think) a writer). The story was novel enough when the book came out. It was about a son coming out to his parents, thereby creating turmoil in the life of his father, who has been a closet gay all his life, furtively setting it off in porno theaters. The son's openly gay lifestyle is contrasted with the furtive lifestyle of the father. The best part of the movie and book, is the time the author and director gives to exploring the feelings of outrage of the mother. This is not a feel-good kind of movie but it will stay with you for a long time after you've seen it.


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