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The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden (1998)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Sensitive, wry and occasionally magical take on dysfunction and family, in which the fat, lonely, awkward hero returns home after 10 years, slim, self-possessed and gay.

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Thom Fitzgerald

Jun 3, 2003

Goldwyn Films

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It would be a lot easier to dismiss The Hanging Garden if its fetishized details weren't so naked and boldly autobiographical.

June 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The ensemble acting is quite good

April 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The director touches your heart without ever letting the story dissolve into anything approaching a tearjerker.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

What makes The Hanging Garden so unusual is Fitzgerald's classic approach to a portrayal of family life.

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

If you can clue into Fitzgerald's blend of surreality and reality in not just the same film, but the same frame, then you'll be just fine.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
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Audience Reviews for The Hanging Garden

This one is from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival list I have. Not a bad film just a little hard to understand, maybe someone who smoke's a bag of refer might understand it better. This movie was from the Perspective Canada portion of the film festival which I take to mean was filmed in Canada. A young man returns home to his sisters wedding after being gone for 10 years, and talk about a dysfunctional family, no matter how f up your family may be these guys will beat them hands down. The wedding seemed like something out of Alabama and not Nova Scotia, didn't know they had rednecks up there. Anyway no one warned me in any review but I will warn you, Gay Theme throughout. Overall hard for me to understand. 2 stars.
January 28, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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A good film, if you can get past the "made for tv" feel.

A very interesting concept that just doesnt feel like it was fully developed / executed.
December 13, 2010
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Robert C

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Dreary homecoming movie with a gay man revisiting his childhood pain at "The Hanging Garden". It's somewhat interesting.
August 18, 2007
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