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Orphans

Orphans (1998)

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Following his Cannes award-winning performance in Ken Loach's My Name is Joe, Scottish actor Peter Mullan made his feature script and directorial debut with this British dark comedy-drama about four adult siblings on the eve of their mother's funeral in Glasgow. Eldest son Thomas (Gary Lewis) offers a tribute to her in a local pub, but his brother Michael (Douglas Henshall) is stabbed during a brawl at the bar, prompting third brother John (Stephen Cole) to seek vengeance. Michael evades medical

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Drama, Comedy

Peter Mullan

Feb 27, 2001

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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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...a kitchen-sink drama that's full of old dishwater.

September 18, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Writer-director Peter Mullan never seems clued in as to how hilariously atrocious Orphans is.

March 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
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Arguably one of the funnier and more heartfelt of the [crime movie] genre to come along of late.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Worthwhile, even if the getting there isn't always easy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Orphans

When Orphans came out in 1998 I remember telling people that the then less well known actor Peter Mullan was just as good behind the camera as he was in front of it. Most people only knew him from his small role in Trainspotting but I'd recently seen him in the amazing My Name Is Joe and really enjoyed his performances in Riff-Raff, Shallow Grave and various TV programs. He's gone on to direct a couple more films, both of them brilliant and he's become a house-hold name as both director and actor. It's easy to see how Orphans spring-boarded him somewhat. It is black comedy at it's finest. Four very different siblings deal with the death of their Mother in various different mad-cap ways, the results being touching, emotional and hilarious. The scene whereby Son Thomas (played by the brilliant and underrated Gary Lewis) insists on carrying his Mother's coffin single-handed out of bloody-minded martyrdom is both tragic, sad but irresistibly funny and sets the tone perfectly.

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