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London-shot 'Lilting' was produced as part of the low-budget Microwave scheme and went on to receive a BAFTA nomination and a prize at Sundance Film Festival. A Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son finds her life disrupted by the presence of a stranger, a young man who claims to be a close friend of her son's. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language then, through a translator, they piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly. While they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief. A touching, intimate film about the events that bring us together, 'Lilting' features rousing performances from Ben Whishaw and legendary Chinese actor Cheng Pei-Pei ('Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') and announces director Hong Khaou as a director of rare sensitivity and confident new voice in independent British cinema. ★★★★ "Switches between low-key realism, subtle ethereality and gentle romantic and culture-clash comedy" - Patrick Peters, Empire ★★★★ "An affecting, intelligent, unapologetically downbeat feature debut" - Jonathan Romney, The Guardian
91 minutes
Romance, Drama
United Kingdom
English, Mandarin
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