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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 Christie ... Vann
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 »

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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:

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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2.35 : 1
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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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Sway
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Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and Luis Demetrio (as Luis Demetrio Traconis Molina)
Performed by Yi Min
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Moving and Thought-provoking, but fails to reach its true potential.
10 October 2014 | by akash_sebastianSee all my reviews

A British guy trying to make a connection with the conservative Chinese mother of his deceased partner; the theme and the gloomy cinematography make you sad even before the story begins to unfold. Communication is the main problem over here. They somehow manage with the help of a translator, and I like how they sometimes say things and then tell the translator not to translate it (because they realise how it would sound). This leads to few funny moments occasionally.

The movie has a really good start, but after halfway through, the Director/Writer loses his way; it seemed as if he's not sure as to where to take the story. By the time it ended, I felt dissatisfied; the story should have been longer or the characters should have been explored and developed a little more.

The two leads, Ben Whishaw and Pei-pei Cheng, give quite strong and incredible performances; they have a few immensely moving scenes. And it doesn't hurt that Andrew Leung, the actor playing the deceased partner, is quite handsome; he and Ben looked quite good together, which makes his death even more painful.

The conversations the two lead characters share are quite moving and thought-provoking, and the monologue Junn has towards the end on the essence of grief and crying is really beautiful. Let me quote the most effective lines from it: "These memories are all I have; I need to keep them vivid, or they'll fade like the face of my husband. I want to dwell on these memories and cry over them because they comfort me. Through plenty of crying, I've learnt to be content that I won't always be happy, secure in my loneliness, hopeful that I'll be able to cope."

The movie is depressing, yet uplifting, but somehow I feel, it failed to reach its true potential.


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