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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

8 August 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dallam See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,567, 28 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,068, 17 October 2014
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Junn: Through plenty of crying, I've learnt to be content that I won't always be happy, secure in my loneliness, hopeful that I will be able to cope. Every year on Christmas Day I get very lonely. An incredible feeling of solitude. On this day, everything has stood still, even the trees have stopped rustling, but I'm still moving, I want to move, but I have nothing to move to, and nowhere to go. The scars beneath my skin suddenly surface and I get scared. Scared of being alone.
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Sway
("Yao Yao Bai Bai")
Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and Luis Demetrio (as Luis Demetrio Traconis Molina)
Performed by Yi Min
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Beautiful
25 August 2015 | by pck_auSee all my reviews

Absolutely loved this movie. As a Australian Chinese with a family who speak a language other than English, this movie made me appreciate my relationship with my partner and his relationship with my parents even more. The music combined with the cinematography evoked profound emotions in the viewers. Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei gave stellar performances. The story is well told without too many dialogues, the acting says it all. Somethings are better left unsaid. Love it a lot!!! Watched it twice already and still want to watch it again!! It is quite a hidden gem. Glad I found it. Reminds me of another Asian gay themed movie called "Saving face" but a lot more sombre.


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