Lilting ★★★★

Lilting is a delicate, deeply moving film that meditates on aging, bereavement, prejudice, social dislocation and language barriers. Cambodian director Hong Khaou intertwines an ambitious selection of themes and allows gentle moments of levity to pierce through the grief. Ben Whishaw is an immensely underrated actor and he’s terrific here. Together, with Pei Pei Cheng, who I last saw as the villain, Jade Fox, in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), they carry the film’s considerable emotional weight in their expressions and awkward silences. This is a really beautiful movie and I enjoyed it through every teary-eyed moment.