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Showing: 26th September 2014 at 7:30 pm

Released: 16th January 2014 (Sundance Film Festival)

8th August 2014 (UK)



Audience Reaction 74%


UKUK 86 mins Drama


Director: Hong Khaou

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Pei-Pei Cheng(鄭佩佩), Andrew Leung, Peter Bowles, Naomi Christie, Morven Christie


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The sudden death of a young London man named Kai leaves his headstrong Chinese-Cambodian mother, Junn, and his boyfriend, Richard, each in a personal and profound state of grief. Feeling a strong sense of responsibility toward Kai’s only family member, Richard reaches out to Junn, who has been biding time in an assisted-living home. Though Junn speaks little English, her dislike of Richard is plain, and she meets him with stony resistance. Since they share no common language, Richard hires a translator to facilitate communication, and the two improbable relatives attempt to reach across a chasm of misunderstanding through their memories of Kai.

Writer/director Hong Khaou’s intimate debut feature film dances between the real and imaginary to express the unspeakable loss that both characters experience. Quiet and spare, Lilting boasts delicate performances by Ben Whishaw and legendary Chinese actress Pei-Pei Cheng, who sustain a palpable sense of discomfort when in each other’s presence onscreen. Lilting is a perceptive meditation on the path to connection between two human souls and reveals that what separates us can also bind us together.



Sundance Film Festival (Won – Cinematography Award World Cinema – Dramatic 2014)(Nominated – Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema – Dramatic 2014)

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