“Lilting” is a 2014 British drama film written and directed by Cambodian-born British director Hong Khaou. The film follows the story of a Chinese-Cambodian mother, Junn, who is grieving the loss of her son, Kai, in London. However, she is unable to communicate with anyone due to her limited English language skills. Her son’s boyfriend, Richard, hires a translator to help them communicate, and they start to develop a connection despite the cultural and generational differences.
The film explores themes of love, loss, grief, and communication, and has received critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of the struggles of immigrants and their families. The film stars Cheng Pei-pei as Junn, Ben Whishaw as Richard, Andrew Leung as Kai, and Naomi Christie as Vann.
“Lilting” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and has since been screened at various international film festivals, receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Duration: 91 min.