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Topic: gay, coming out, homophobia
Run time: 1 hour 26 minutes
Premiere: January 16, 2014 (Sundance FF, USA)
CAST OF LILTING
Ben Whishaw (Richard) ♂♂
Andrew Leung (Kai) ♂♂
Pei-pei Cheng (Junn)
Peter Bowles (Alan)
Naomi Christie (Vann)
Morven Christie (Margaret)
Director/Writer: Hong Khaou
STORYLINE OF LILTING
After the painful loss of his deceased lover Kai Richard tries to build up a relationship with Kai's Chinese-Cambodian mother Junn. She did not know that her son was gay and openly rejects Richard. To improve communication Richard engaged an interpreter who constantly joins them in the nursing home in London Junn is living and helps piece together the memories of a man they both loved.
REVIEW OF LILTING
An impressively insightful and moving tale. [Mark Adams, SCREEN DAILY]
The idea for this story started with my family. We were political refugees from Cambodia, arriving in England in the 1980s. My mother wanted to give her children the opportunity for a future. Being young, we were able to fully assimilate into a new life, culture and language. Regrettably, she wasn’t able to integrate so easily and to this day, after 30 odd years, is still unable to master the English language. I took this premise as an idea and ran with it. I imagined what it would be like if her lifeline to the outside world was gone - how would she cope?
So language became an integral motif in the story. I wanted to use it as an analogy to comment on communication, particularly the flip side of that. We all know communication brings about understanding and bridges cultural differences. What you also get is that it is equally destructive, with conflicts arising out of it. [Hong Khaou]
On Sundance Film Festival LILTING won the Cinematography Award (World Cinema Dramatic).
The German QUEERmdb-User voted LILTING with an average rating of 7.5 on 8th place of the best gay themed movies 2015. The winner of the DramaQueen User-Award became the Netherlandic TV-Film JONGENS (2014).
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