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The Lost Language of Cranes (1991)

A young gay man comes out to his middle-class parents, which has repercussions for his father who has long since been trying to repress his own sexuality.

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Nigel Finch

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Sean Mathias (screenplay), David Leavitt (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cox ... Owen Benjamin
Eileen Atkins ... Rose Benjamin
Angus Macfadyen ... Phillip Benjamin
Corey Parker ... Elliot Abrahams
Cathy Tyson ... Jerene Parks
Ben Daniels ... Robin Bradley
John Schlesinger ... Derek Moulthorpe
Rene Auberjonois ... Geoffrey Lane
Nigel Whitmey Nigel Whitmey ... Winston Penn
Richard Warwick ... Frank
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Nick
Frank Middlemass ... Alex
Edmund Kente Edmund Kente ... Bob
Adam Matalon ... Doorman
Ben McVeigh Ben McVeigh ... Crane child
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A young gay man comes out to his middle-class parents, which has repercussions for his father who has long since been trying to repress his own sexuality.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El lenguaje perdido de las grúas See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Highest Caliber Gay Cinema
17 October 2017 | by hddu10See all my reviews

In an age before "Will and Grace" that few people born after 2000 will understand, the "Lost Language of the Cranes" deals with the decision whether or not to come out of the closet as gay, given the ramifications and potential hostility from family, friends and society as a whole. The film centers around a family, namely its patriarch, who from the very beginning is revealed as a closet homosexual. From the interactions with his wife and son, we see there is an underlying, unspoken tension between all the characters in typical British "stiff upper lip" fashion. When the son comes out to his parents, neither take the news particularly well. As the story progresses, his mother comes to a kind of detente, while his father eerily appears to attempt to relive his youth through his son. The brilliance of this story is the inter-working theme of communication throughout, and how sometimes someone is trying to tell you something importing in every way possible...except verbally. I seriously don't understand why this has not become a cult classic, especially given the time in which it was produced, as even today it is miles ahead of most gay cinema around.


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