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

Mum, are you in?

Come in.

Were you dancing?


Just fooling around.

Sorry I'm late.

I took the bus here.

The flowers look pretty.

What are these flowers called?


They're pretty.

Tell me,

why didn't you drive here?

I like taking the bus.

What's that look for?

You're too nice to him.

What do you mean?

I'm also important.

I'm your mother.

We are family.

Of course you are, Mum.

You're the most important.

Did you bring the CD?

I forgot, I'm sorry.

I've asked you four times.


What's wrong?

Would you like to come for

dinner tomorrow?

Yes, absolutely.

Could you cook?


Will your friend be there?

No, he'll be out.

I'm so bored here.

It will take a while before

you make any friends.

Why did you put me in

such a place?

There's no room at my place

and you don't like Richard.

Why can't he stay

with his parents?

He's always asking about you.

Do you know how it feels

to be locked up by your own son?

You're not being locked up.

You have friends

who can visit you.

You can't just discard me whenever

it suits you.

You put me in here

and expect me to get along.

I'm not a pet.

I'm sorry.

It's only temporary.

You know that.

There are these crazy men in here

who keep shouting at me.

What did they say?

I don't understand them.

Idiots, can't tell the difference

between Japanese and Chinese.

What is the difference?

We have nicer eyes,

a lip on our eyelids.

Our eyes are more almond shaped.

I've seen Japanese people with a lip

on their eyelids too.

You're always arguing with me.

How do you know they think

you're Japanese?

See? You're doing it again.

I'm just asking.

I do understand some English.

Like what?

F*ck you very much.


Who taught you that?

Taught you that?

I've met someone.

You've made a friend?

He's very handsome.


He's so charming.

He gives me flowers every day.

How old is he?

I can say anything and

he doesn't answer back.

I can talk rubbish and he still thinks

I'm an exotic beauty.

How did you meet?

Sometimes it feels like

we do understand each other.

How do you... Isn't it difficult?

Kai, I'm over sixty.

I'm not looking for a relationship,

it's just for fun.


Nothing has happened.

How long have you known

each other?

Nearly two weeks.

What do you two do together?

We talk.

We kiss.

Oh, my God.


Who kissed who first?

You're so uptight.

Kissing is kissing.

Is he English?

You like pale skin.

Dad was half white.

Your father was Chinese.

Hey, Junn. You OK?

I'm just gonna change the light

bulb for you.

Here we are. See you.


Are you alright? Can I help?

I'm looking for a Ms Junn Tan.

Do you know how I can find her?

Yeah, she's probably in her room.

Oh, no, she isn't.

I saw her outside earlier with Alan.

Every day around this time

they meet out there,

spend some time

holding hands and snogging.

- It kills me.

- That's sweet.

Yeah. How do you know Junn?

I'm a friend of her son's, Kai.

I'm sorry.

- I'll take you outside to see her.

- OK.


Junn, I've got someone to see you.

Hello, Junn.


How are you?

I'm OK. I'm... plodding along.

- Is this your friend?

- She's not deaf.


It's a nice place.

- How's she been?

- She spends her time in her room.

We take them on trips

every few months,

but she doesn't really participate.

There's Casanova here.

They snuggle up

pretty much every day.

- My name's Alan.

- I'm Richard.

How do you know her, then?

I'm a friend.

Does she have any other family?

I used to pull the birds

with this song.

It never failed to turn

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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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