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Skillfully weaving multiple delicate tonal strands into a quietly affecting whole, Lilting serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer-director Hong Khaou.



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Set in contemporary London, LILTING tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger. Though they don't share a common language, a translator helps piece together the memories of a man they both loved. LILTING is a touching film about unlikely connections and the tragedies that bring us together even though we may be worlds apart. (C) Strand Releasing

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Critic Reviews for Lilting

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (17)

  • A more fitting title for the film would be "Limping."

    Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It is, as the title suggests, sweet - but also slight.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Guilt hangs over "Lilting," a suffocating haze so thick that it permeates every unspoken, non-understood word between characters trying to traverse a frustrating gulf of language and grief.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Hong, who makes his feature debut here, has a masterful command of rhythm, beautifully weaving each strand of the narrative around that momentous opening scene.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite a strong start, the filmmaker doesn't exactly know where to go with it. Still, there are moments before things get away from him that are captivating to watch and lovely to listen to, lilting.

    Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Whishaw is the most gifted and poetic actor in his age range, by a very wide margin, and everything he does here is fresh and unexpected.

    Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lilting

  • Jan 17, 2015
    Whishaw and Cheng are great in this touching story of grief, language barriers and even the differences that are brought to light when people finally understand each other - which gives rise to some very humorous moments -, although it also avoids going deeper in its emotions.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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