The Hanging Garden (1998)

The Hanging Garden


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Ten years after he disappeared from his family's life, Sweet William (Chris Leavins) returns home to Nova Scotia for his sister's wedding. Despite the fact that he's gone from a morbidly obese adolescent to a thin, handsome, self-assured young man, the reunion proves bittersweet. Although he reconnects with his loving sister Rosemary (Kerry Fox) and his Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother Grace (Joan Orenstein), he is dismayed to learn that his parents' rocky marriage has settled into permanent … More

Rating: R (for strong sexuality, language, and a scene of a hanging, and some teen drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Thom Fitzgerald
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On DVD: Jun 3, 2003
Goldwyn Films


as Sweet William

as Rosemary

as Whiskey Mac

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as Teen Rosemary

as Black Eyed Susan

as Dusty Miller

as Grace the Nun

as Little Sweet William

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as Mr. MacDougal

as Police Officer

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Critic Reviews for The Hanging Garden

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Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

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.

Robert C

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It was alright.

Leigh Ryan

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