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Lilting (2014)



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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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 (50) | Top Critics (15)

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

October 16, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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If "Lilting" was a play, it would run for months.

October 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It is, as the title suggests, sweet - but also slight.

October 16, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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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.

October 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

October 10, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

October 2, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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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.

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