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Lilting (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 August 2014 (UK)
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A young man of Chinese-Cambodian descent dies, leaving behind his isolated mother and his 4-year male lover, who grieve but don't speak a lick of each other's language.

Director:

Hong Khaou

Writer:

Hong Khaou
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ben Whishaw ... Richard
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Junn (as Cheng Pei Pei)
Andrew Leung Andrew Leung ... Kai
Morven Christie ... Margaret
Naomi Yang ... Vann (as Naomi Christie)
Peter Bowles ... Alan
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In contemporary London, a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with each other without a common language as, through a translator, they begin to piece together memories of a man they both loved. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

8 August 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lilting See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,567, 28 September 2014

Gross USA:

$27,054

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,377
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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Richard: If you think about it, we're constantly coming out to people; so, really, you should be good at it.
Kai: If only she liked you. It'd make this a lot easier, but for some reason she thinks you're a dick.
Richard: You love this dick.
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Don't Blame Me
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The problem of communication
13 August 2014 | by johnmcc150See all my reviews

This is a gem. I wouldn't have watched it unless I had been taken. (Thank you, Beryle.) If it had been on TV, I might have watched some of it, but that is the joy of cinema. You have no distractions. I thought it might be depressing; it wasn't. I thought it wasn't my sort of film; it was. Thought-provoking.

It was easy to forget that you were watching actors. The performances were that good and very moving. It was very much like a French film.

It was interesting how much back-story was left out and yet it still worked. I asked myself a few questions because I wanted to know more. (Perhaps I felt I could help.) Where were we? (North-east London/Essex?) How long had she lived in England by depending on her husband and son for all communication with the outside world? What did people do for a living? Where did the translator come from and was she being paid? Without her son would she at last break out into the world? However I realised the back-story didn't matter. It told you all you needed to know. The nub was all that mattered: an insight into communication, memory and grief. Some things have to be said and some things are perhaps best left unsaid. The characters kept asking the translator not to translate after they had said something because they had time to see the effect it would have, (something that does not happen with a common language) but even the translator could not help but get involved.

You could speculate on a happier outcome but the final scene where she drifted back to the last meeting with her son perhaps indicated it would be a while yet before she could move on.

Very, very good.


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