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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Peter Mullan
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On DVD: Feb 27, 2001
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as Thomas

as Mother

as Sandra

as Hanson

as Uncle Ian

as Melissa

as Anne Marie

as Bernadette

as Father Fitzgerald

as Young Michael

as Young Thomas

as Bullet Boy Mum

as Mr. Bell

as Mrs. Finch

as Mr. Leitch

as Alistair

as Jessica
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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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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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