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Synopsis

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Set in contemporary London, LILTING features intensely moving performances by Asian cinema’s martial arts legend Cheng Pei Pei  (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Junn, a Cambodian-Chinese mother grieving the untimely death of her only son Kai (Andrew Leung), and Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There, Bright Star) as her son’s lover, Richard.

Set in her old-fashioned ways and not fully adjusted to the foreign culture she lives in, the mother’s fragile world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger (Whishaw) whose attempts to communicate are first met with rejection and distrust.  Although they don’t share a common language, Vann (Naomi Christie), a young translator hired by Richard, helps piece together the tender memories of the man they both loved, and the two strangers gradually learn to develop a bond with each other. Vann also helps Junn go through the somewhat comical courtship of a smitten English gentleman.  Graceful, moving and humorous, LILTING is a gem of a chamber piece about unlikely connections and how loss can bring us together even when cultures and generations set us far apart from one another.

4 STARS

Moving… emotionally powerful!

– Gary M. Kramer, Gay City News

Reviews

“Emotionally charged! Moving! Complex!”
– Charles Purdy, Los Angeles Times

“Poignant, bittersweet and completely entertaining”
– Kevin Thomas, Examiner

“A unique meditation on love and loss… features masterful performances from Whishaw and Cheng”
– Sara Stewart, New York Post

Cast & Crew

DIRECTOR:

Hong Khaou

WRITER:

Hong Khaou

PRODUCER:

Dominic Buchanan

CAST:

Ben Whishaw

Cheng Pei Pei

Andrew Leung

Morven Christie

Naomi Christie

Peter Bowles

Film Specs

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Format: HD Digital/2.35/Color

Sound Format: 5.1 Surround Sound

Running Time: 91 minutes

Genre: Drama

Rating: Not Rated

In English and Mandarin with English Subtitles

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