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Orphans (1998)





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Four grown up children come together the night before the funeral of their mother in Glasgow. While Thomas sings a tribute in the local pub, a fight breaks out and Michael is stabbed. John wants to avenge his brother, while Thomas goes to chapel with his sister Sheila for an all-night vigil. Even here, though, is not safe, as a storm tears the roof from the church. After an emotional and traumatic night, the siblings eventually reunite in grief.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Mullan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 2001
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Gary Lewis
as Thomas
Ann Swan
as Mother
Jan Wilson
as Sandra
Dave Anderson
as Uncle Ian
Debbie Walsh
as Melissa
Lee-Ann McCran
as Anne Marie
Donna Chalmer
as Bernadette
Seamus Ball
as Father Fitzgerald
Fraiser Campbell
as Young Michael
Paul McNamara
as Young Thomas
Kate Brailsford
as Bullet Boy Mum
Eric Barlow
as Mr. Bell
Sheila Donald
as Mrs. Finch
Robert Carr
as Mr. Leitch
Tam White
as Alistair
Helen Devon
as Jessica
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

My guess is that Mullan never decided what tone his film should aim for; he fell in love with individual sequences without asking how they fit together.

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Chicago Sun-Times
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Seattle Times
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Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Orphans

Scottish scenery chewing...I realize some of the touching moments may have been less meaningful to me since I didn't grow up/live in Scotland in the 80s and 90s, but I felt it wavered between magical realism and a script that was a bit heavy handed, without a clear way through (also, I wasn't convinced by the shock value). Some scenes were stronger than others.

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