When Kai dies unexpectedly his lover, Richard, and his Chinese-Cambodian mother, Junn, are forced into a shared grief in this touching study of affection built on denial. Feeling abandoned in a drab retirement home, Junn is hampered by her lack of English. This makes communication tricky for Richard – who must also disguise the fact that her son was gay – although it prompts some comic interludes with the resident lothario and a translator. Made on a tiny budget, Cambodian expat Hong Khaou’s debut feature is suffused with subtlety, and boasts magnetic performances by its two leads.
LILTING is bittersweet tale of love and loss, differences and understandings; all beautifully captured to create a truly charming piece.
Ben Kelly, ATTITUDE
an affecting, intelligent, unapologetically downbeat feature debut.