Set in contemporary London, LILTING features intensely moving performances by Asian cinema’s martial arts legend Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Junn, a Cambodian-Chinese mother grieving the untimely death of her only son Kai (Andrew Leung), and Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There, Bright Star) as her son’s lover, Richard.
Set in her old-fashioned ways and not fully adjusted to the foreign culture she lives in, the mother’s fragile world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger (Whishaw) whose attempts to communicate are first met with rejection and distrust. Although they don’t share a common language, Vann (Naomi Christie), a young translator hired by Richard, helps piece together the tender memories of the man they both loved, and the two strangers gradually learn to develop a bond with each other. Vann also helps Junn go through the somewhat comical courtship of a smitten English gentleman. Graceful, moving and humorous, LILTING is a gem of a chamber piece about unlikely connections and how loss can bring us together even when cultures and generations set us far apart from one another.
Moving… emotionally powerful!
– Gary M. Kramer, Gay City News
“Emotionally charged! Moving! Complex!”
– Charles Purdy, Los Angeles Times
“Poignant, bittersweet and completely entertaining”
– Kevin Thomas, Examiner
“A unique meditation on love and loss… features masterful performances from Whishaw and Cheng”
– Sara Stewart, New York Post
Cheng Pei Pei
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Format: HD Digital/2.35/Color
Sound Format: 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 91 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
In English and Mandarin with English Subtitles