Lilting

Grieving over the death of his ‘best friend’, lovely Ben Whishaw finds himself compelled to make contact with his friend’s mother. Two problems – mum doesn’t speak English, nor does she know the exact nature of her son’s relationship with Whishaw’s character. Enlisting the help of a young translator, he tries to bridge the gap.

It’s a gentle exploration of outside-ness and how sometimes things are half-said, not said at all or wilfully misunderstood, whether related to the theme of culture, sexuality or even family relationships.

The film contains some lovely, very touching scenes – I’m just not quite sure that they all hang together properly in the end.

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