11:39 pm - 06/10/2014


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Set in London, "Lilting" stars Ben Whishaw as Richard, a man who attempts to connect with Junn (Pei-Pei Cheng), the Chinese-Cambodian mother of the recently deceased Kai (Andrew Leung), his boyfriend of over four years. Despite language barriers and Junn's obliviousness to her late son's sexuality, Richard is persistent on reaching out to a woman who can understand his love and grief.

In an interview with BBC America, Khaou spoke about Whishaw's role as Richard: "His character is constantly carrying this grief, and it's such a difficult thing to carry throughout the entire film. It was really important to get the right actor who has that. He's a phenomenal actor." The Cambodian-born British director also revealed that his mother partly inspired the story. "We have lived in Britain for over 30 years—to this day she still doesn’t speak English — I took that idea and ran with it."

"Lilting," which won the Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance, is due on August 8 in the U.K. A U.S. release for the film (which will be distributed by Strand Releasing), however, has yet to be announced. The trailer for the film is quite moving and offers us a scenario about humanity and communication that should be interesting to see unfold.

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itscomicrelief 10th-Jun-2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
A movie that has a gay asian man in it? Color me surprised.
la_petite_singe 10th-Jun-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
Have you seen The Wedding Banquet? That was pretty good, as I recall.
potatoboat 10th-Jun-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
loved that movie
itscomicrelief 10th-Jun-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, loove that movie
taecish 10th-Jun-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
watch happy together. the best gay movie of all times
bert_macklin 10th-Jun-2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
he's basically white tho
likegunfire 10th-Jun-2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
queer cinema is really popular in asian countries.....probably more than mainstream american cinema
redsprings 10th-Jun-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
He's starting to get typecast.
sarahvma 10th-Jun-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
He has a bunch of projects lined up over the next couple of years where he plays straight men or men whose sexuality is irrelevant.
my_kneazle 10th-Jun-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
this looks good
msdillydally 10th-Jun-2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that movie looks heartbreakingly wonderful.
subversiv 10th-Jun-2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
This looks sad, but very, very moving. I think it's already difficult to communicate your grief to another speaker of your language, so I'm really interested to see how these characters will connect over something so intimate and precious, the memory of a loved person.
zyuranger 10th-Jun-2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Speaking of gay movies, I downloaded one called Burning Blue. I should watch that later tonight after work.
bforbribri 10th-Jun-2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
i didnt hear good things about it.
lemme know what u think though
fubukihakuryu 11th-Jun-2014 12:15 am (UTC)
it's horrible. there's not even a gay sex scene in it. /thirsty
rightkerfuffle 10th-Jun-2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
wow cheng pei pei on ontd...

she's a badass
veiledstar 10th-Jun-2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
right click save
canuckgirl33 11th-Jun-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
bforbribri 10th-Jun-2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
is this another gay movie with a sad ending?
like srsly. what are these directors trying to insinuate? gays won't have their happy ending?
bye bitch
itscomicrelief 10th-Jun-2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
I only hate that trope when the sadness is the result of their sexuality.

It seems that the character's dead already and the main story of the movie is reaching out to the deceased's mother.

I'm cool with that.
bforbribri 10th-Jun-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
oh. that's fine i guess.
lloyd_llewellyn 10th-Jun-2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
yes because they will all catch aids anyway and die.
canuckgirl33 11th-Jun-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
Did you actually take the time to read the synopsis before making your comment?
emynona 11th-Jun-2014 01:04 am (UTC)

la_petite_singe 10th-Jun-2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've never gone from "huh, what's this?" to "HERE FOR THIS" so fast in my life. I think I cricked my scrolling finger.

EDIT: Now that I've actually read a bit, sounds rather like a non-disturbing Tom at the Farm.

Edited at 2014-06-10 08:59 pm (UTC)
deluminator 10th-Jun-2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
right? I watched the trailer and I thought 'ok this needs to be posted, it looks so damn good'.
rhapsodeeinblue 10th-Jun-2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
Looks good.
firestarter_007 10th-Jun-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
Beeeen ILU let me hold u~
supernature_971 10th-Jun-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
OMG Pei-Pei !

I'm eager to see more. This looks good.
justyourfaceha 10th-Jun-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Ben is so heartbreaking in everything he does. He's so good.
lucifersam 10th-Jun-2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
potatoboat 10th-Jun-2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
ben is... not nice to look at
markedglory 10th-Jun-2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Ben is cute.

this looks good.
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