The Lost Language of Cranes

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  • 1991
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 7.3  (150)

The Lost Language of Cranes is a 1991 drama film that explores themes of homosexuality, family dynamics, and self-discovery. Directed by Nigel Finch and based on the novel of the same name by David Leavitt, the film takes place in London during the early 1980s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The film follows the story of Owen (played by Angus Macfadyen), a young man who is coming to terms with his sexuality. His parents, Rose (Eileen Atkins) and Arthur (Brian Cox), are struggling with their own relationship issues, and both have their own secrets that they keep hidden from each other and their son.

Arthur works as a book editor and discovers a gay novel written by one of his colleagues. He begins to question his own sexuality and starts to explore the gay scene in London, which leads to a confrontation with his wife. Meanwhile, Owen falls in love with a man named Philip (Corey Parker) and starts to discover a new world of love and acceptance.

The Lost Language of Cranes is a moving and intimate portrayal of the struggles faced by individuals and families dealing with homosexuality in the 1980s. The film delicately explores the complexities of relationships and the challenges of coming out in a time when homosexuality was widely stigmatized, and AIDS was ravaging the gay community.

The film is beautifully shot, capturing the raw emotions and nuanced performances of the actors. Eileen Atkins delivers a strong performance as Rose, a woman who is unsure of how to navigate her marriage and her relationships with her husband and son. Brian Cox is exceptional as Arthur, bringing depth and vulnerability to his portrayal of a man grappling with his own identity.

Angus Macfadyen is equally impressive as Owen, infusing the character with a sense of longing and exploration that is relatable to anyone who has struggled with their sexuality. Corey Parker is charming and captivating as Philip, conveying a sense of joy and love that is infectious.

The Lost Language of Cranes is a powerful and poignant film that tackles issues that are still relevant today. The film is a reminder of the struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community and the importance of acceptance and self-discovery. It is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking films with strong performances and a compelling storyline.

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    1 hr 27 min
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    7.3  (150)