The world of a Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger who doesn’t speak her language. Lilting is a touching and intimate film about finding the things that bring us together.
Film ini tidak sedang tayang di MUBI, tetapi ada 30 film bagus lainnya.
Such a sweet film. It keeps on promising and then it delivers in quite a beautiful, remarkably simple way. Ben Wishaw finally gets to shine in a part tailor made for him and all the cast are really formidable. Some talentless director could've deranged such a heartfelt story, but Hong Khaou is a very balanced director that has some smart flourishes that only contribute to his cast's work.
Hmmm... I loved the premise and the slowness that translation affords, but the bald sentimentality undercut the film's momentum. I wonder what it would've felt like not to know both Chinese and English, to be alienated as a spectator sutured to the white subject's perspective. Of course I'm speaking as someone who would watch Ben Whishaw pout at a bowl of cereal for four hours...
Two things - Whishaw and the lighting. Whishaw's acting was perfect, as usual, emotional and honest. He puts all of himself into his character. The lighting adds another layer, transcends the viewer into a world where Kai is still alive, into a world where Whishaw's pain can be understood.