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About the film

When Kai (Andrew Leung) dies, his long-term partner Richard (Ben Whishaw) reaches out to his mother Junn (Chen Pei Pei). The two never met while Kai was alive and with Richard speaking only English and Junn Cambodian Chinese, communication is a challenge. Richard enlists the help of a translator (Naomi Christie) and attempts to build a connection that will help them both deal with their loss. Through all barriers, they piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly, and realize that whilst they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief.

The result is a heartbreaking story of memory and love across generations and cultures.


Producer: Dominic Buchanan
Director: Hong Khaou
Writer: Hong Khaou
Production Company: Lilting Productions


BAFTA Awards 2015

  • Nominated: Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

British Independent Film Awards 2014

  • Nominated: Best Actress 
  • Nominated: Best Achievement in Production
  • Nominated: Douglas Hickox Award

Sundance Film Festival 2014

  • Won: Cinematography Award, World Cinema - Dramatic
  • Nominated: Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Dramatic

GLAAD Media Awards 2015

  • Won: GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Film - Limited Release

Queer Lisboa - Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer 2015

  • Won: Audience Award, Feature Film
  • Won: Jury Prize, Best Actress

Critical Acclaim

‘Whishaw is magnetic’ – Amber Wilkinson, The Telegraph

‘A distinctive and heartfelt debut feature’ – Little White Lies

'An impressively insightful and moving tale' – Mark Adams, Screen Daily

'A meditative film of grace and sensitivity' – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

'Lilting is bittersweet tale of love and loss, differences and understandings; all beautifully captured to create a truly charming piece' – Ben Kelly, Attitude

'Intriguing relationship dynamics and an intensely moving performance from Ben Whishaw' – The Hollywood Reporter

'Barriers of age and culture, sexuality and shame are overcome with delicacy and grace' – Variety

'A deft and delicate drama' – Screen

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