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The Hanging Garden (1998)

The Hanging Garden (1998)

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A troubled homosexual man returns to his super-dysfunctional family in Nova Scotia to attend the wedding of his foul-mouthed sister and his former friend. This challenging film is filled with paradoxes that render it simultaneously arty and gritty, surreal and all too real.
  • Rating:
    R (for strong sexuality, language, and a scene of a hanging, and some teen drug use)
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  • Studio:
    Goldwyn Films

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Cast

Chris Leavins
as Sweet William
Kerry Fox
as Rosemary
Sarah Polley
as Teen Rosemary
Peter MacNeill
as Whiskey Mac
Troy Veinotte
as Teen Sweet William
Heather Rankin
as Black-Eyed Susan
Martha Irving
as Dusty Miller
Renee Penney
as Grace the Nun
Ian Parsons
as Little Sweet William
Mark Austin
as Preacher
Jim Faraday
as Mr. MacDougal
Tom Chambers
as Police Officer
Tom Chamber
as Police Officer
Michael Weir
as Police Officer
Shendi
as Old Peat
Lucy
as Young Peat
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Critic Reviews for The Hanging Garden

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | June 1, 2003
Slant Magazine

The ensemble acting is quite good

Full Review… | April 9, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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
Robert C

Super Reviewer

It was alright.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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