Director: HONG KHAOU

86 minutes, U.K., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

This Film closes on Thursday, August 14th. 

The death of Kai (Andrew Leung) leaves his timid boyfriend Richard (Ben Whishaw) and his obstinate Chinese-Cambodian mother Junn (Cheng Pei-Pei) shaken with grief. Kai had not had the opportunity to come out to Junn while he was alive, but as she lives in a care home and has no other relatives, Richard feels some responsibility, and reaches out to her. Junn speaks no English, so Richard employs his acquaintance Vann (Naomi Christie) to act as an interpreter. 

Vann and Richard become conduits in a burgeoning courtship between Junn and Alan (Peter Bowles), yet Junn is baffled as to why Richard, a stranger to her, would care to get involved so much. The debut feature from Hong Khaou is an intimate and graceful film, a sensitive examination of two lost souls in mourning, which portrays how connections can be made across barriers of age, culture and sexuality. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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