Are YOUR parents a burden?
The star of Ken Loach's MY NAME IS JOE, Mullan proves that his talent isn't relegated to acting. As a writer/director, he has crafted a supremely entertaining motion picture. ORPHANS tells the grittily realistic, hysterical, and deeply moving tale of a group of siblings who reunite in Glasgow on the eve of their mother's funeral. The four children mourn their mother's passing in a variety of ways, some of which are heartfelt and some of which are bizarre. As a potential thunderstorm threatens to damage the city, the situation compounds itself even further.
[Seen in 2000, not sure when, neglected to date stamp back then]
Dark import where a mother's death seems only a shallow ploy to disguise an often clever riff on Scorcese's 'After Hours'. 'Orphans' keeps the hits coming at a decent pace, slowed only when the film decides to be about something. It's at it's very best when it's coming up with outlandish and disastrously painful (and comical) situations to thrust it's three protagonists into.