The Hanging Garden

Synopsis: William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Thom Fitzgerald
Production: Goldwyn Films
  21 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Get your roots.

Just get your roots.

All right, go.

Sweet William...


June. Birthday's in June, right?

That's how you got your name.

Common rosemary, autumn.

Autumn, when?

October, right? Go!

- Dauntless iris, end of May or June.

- All right.

- Whiskey Mac, spring.

- Right.

Herb-of-grace, spring and early summer.

Violet, July.

Fletcher, late summer.

Mountain laurel, September.

- August.

- August.

Dusty millers...

- What was it?

- All summer.

Black-eyed Susan...

- I don't know.

- Forget it!

- Basil...

- I said forget it.

I said roots!

- Give me that!

- No!

I'm sorry, Willy.

I didn't mean to hit you. I'm sorry.

Come on, we'll get you some ice cream.

Obedience, August.



Virginia creeper, never.

Black-eyed Susan, all summer.

Red hot pokers...

all summer.

Baby tears, September.

Violet! Come here!

What're they doing now?

Everyone's watching Basil play.

And the priest is drinking with Daddy.

- Any sign of him?

- No.

Everybody's waiting.

They can wait.

- Rosemary?

- Mom.

- Violet, let's get your dress on.

- I don't want to.

Go get ready. Shut that fucking dog up.

- It's your dog.

- Get out of here!

Now, Violet.

I don't want to be a goddamn flower girl!

You going to tell her?

I ain't starting without him.


Open the door!

It's Grace.

Mom, are you deaf, or what?


Violet would like to say hello to you, too.

Did you take your pill last night?

I asked you to take your pill last night

because today is going to be very hectic.

Are you coming down?

Do you remember that your granddaughter's

getting married today?

Do you remember

that your grandson is coming home today?

Do you want to pin on your hat?

F*ck me.

If that son of a bitch ain't dead,

I'm going to kill him.

Get out of the fucking way!



Get rid of the fucking umbrella.

Take this.


Okay, go! No, I've got to get my skirt up!

- Go ahead.

- Give me those.

- Get ahead of me, go!

- Come on.

Honey, wait a minute, hold it.

I've got to back up.

Could you back up just a little? A step?

We are gathered, this day...

to witness the joining of a man...

and a woman...

in holy matrimony.

Before the eyes of God...

this is a sacred vow...

the genesis of a new family.

There are no boundaries

to that commitment...

Finally, you fucker!

...for family transcends time...

transcends place...

transcends life and death.

The bond you make today... not only important to both of you.

Marriage is a celebration of God's love...

...that you feel for Christ.

This bond of love...

and trust and fidelity...

is not only important to you...

and to your families

and to your community...

and to your future children...

but this vow is important to God, Himself.

I do! pass on His blessed spirit

to your children...

and your grandchildren...

Mom, nobody asked you.


...take Rosemary

to be your lawfully wedded wife...

to love, honor and cherish...

in sickness and in health,

as long as you both shall live?

- Fletcher?

- Yeah.

By the power vested in me,

I now pronounce you...

Friend of the bride?

F*ck right off.

- You look good.

- You, too.

Come here!

- Help me with this fucking dress, will you?

- Bye.


quite a catch you got there.

Hold up this end,

or I'm going to soak my panties.

I've been drinking like a camel today.


That feels good.

I'm going to burn a fucking hole

in this thing.

You must feel

like you're in the twilight zone.

- Your husband's coming on to me.

- I'll divorce the fucker!

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Thom Fitzgerald

Thomas "Thom" Fitzgerald (born July 8, 1968) is an American-Canadian film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright and producer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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