Gay Essential Films To Watch, Lilting

Set in contemporary London, Lilting is a drama about love and loss and the unusual bonds that can form between those who are in mourning.  A Cambodian Chinese woman named Junn finds herself in mourning following the untimely death of her beloved son.  Unable to speak English, Junn had relied upon her son to communicate with the world outside her flat.  Alone and saddened, Junn is essentially trapped in a strange world.

A stranger enters Junn’s life and attempts to explain that he knew her son.  Furthermore, he loved her son.  Junn and the man learn to communicate through a translator, discovering the feelings they both shared for Junn’s deceased son.  At first a challenge to comprehend, Junn soon learns to accept this man, acknowledging that he meant so much to her son.



“Whishaw’s sensitive performance gives Lilting its emotional intensity”
   Mary Sollosi, indieWIRE

Lilting looks set to linger on in the memory of those who seek it out for weeks, months and perhaps even years to come.”
   Daniel Green, CineVue

“Intimate, delicate and delightful.”
   Patrick Peters, Empire

Did You Know?

Lilting the Past was recognized as one of the best unproduced British screenplays in 2011.  This small accolade caught the attention of Microwave, a new London-based filmmaking partnership who excels as producing quality budget works.  Lilting became one of Microwave’s premier projects of 2012, going on to claim the Cinematography Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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