Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Lilting
It is, as the title suggests, sweet - but also slight.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Lilting
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.