Synopsis: In contemporary London, a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with each other without a common language as, through a translator, they begin to piece together memories of a man they both loved.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Hong Khaou
Production: Strand Releasing
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

their legs to jelly.

You see what I mean?

We came here to give our child

a better life.

My husband said

you'll love this country.

People are so nice,

everything is new and modern.

There will be so much freedom

and choices.

But we ended up shopping

in charity shops and jumble sales.

Even though I couldn't grasp

your way of life,

somehow it clings to my skin,

changing the simple things within,

and returning home feels frightening.

What other countries can

offer free medical care

and clean drinking water?

My husband thought he was in heaven

with so many bookies in one high street.

Five years pass and suddenly

we're English people,

but I'm not English.


I hate this place.

How did I end up here?

You smell really nice.


I've taken care of everything.

We can leave now.

Really, move in with you?

What about your friend Richard?

He has gone.

Even though he's your friend,

I've never liked him.

Don't get angry.

Have you stopped being friends?


I'll find new friends.

Why have you put me in

this awful place?

Look at the wallpaper.

Everything in here is suffocating.

I'm sorry, Mum, it's my fault.

I shouldn't have put you in here.

We are leaving now.

Richard has gone?

I can move in with you?

Yes, like you wanted, Mum.

- Are you...

- Richard?

- Yes. Are you Vann?

- Hi. Yeah.

- How you doing?

- Good. How are you?

- Good, thanks.

- Do you want anything to drink?

I'd love a coffee, actually.

- Hi. Can I get an Americano, please?

- Sure.

- I'll have the same, please.

- Of course.

Thank so much for coming

at such short notice.

That's OK. I hope I can help.

I can't remember whether

I told you on the phone.

She's the mother of a very dear

friend of mine who died recently

and I felt that...

Well, anyway,

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Hong Khaou

Hong Khaou (born 22 October 1975) is a Cambodian born, British film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his debut feature film Lilting and the short films Summer and Spring. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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