LILTING is a drama film written and directed by Cambodian-born British director Hong Khaou, starring Ben Whishaw and Pei-pei Cheng (郑佩佩). The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Cinematography Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
It is an intimate and thoughtful film about what is like to live in a world where you have no grasp of its language, and your only lifeline to that is lost. It’s about falling in love without a common language, forming relationships without a common language. How necessary it is to overcome cultural and generational barriers. Memory, grief, our familiar and often difficulties with language and communication are explored.
The film tells the story of man (Whishaw) struggling to connect with the Cambodian Chinese mother of his boyfriend (Cheng) soon after his lover’s death.