Lilting is a film that tries to convey the message that love is powerful and transcends all obstacles (gender, age, language, etc.,) and that one person can completely change your life. It pulls this off with middling success.
The story revolves around a woman named Junn (Pei-Pei Cheng) who is trying to come to terms with the fact that her son has died, while also navigating a new romance with a fellow resident of the assisted living facility where she lives. The only problem is that she speaks Chinese, while her boyfriend only understands English. Her son’s lover (Ben Whishaw) hires a translator for the couple to try to win her approval. They soon discover they have more in common than they thought, and both find out that loving someone makes you vulnerable.
The performances are solid, but the film feels rushed. It also has several flashback sequences that feel shoehorned in. I wish that the film had taken it’s time exploring the burgeoning relationships, even if it meant the film would have been longer.
Overall, Lilting had a promising concept that was ultimately hindered by it’s storytelling. If you’re looking for a well-acted romantic drama, this film is worth a rental.
Lilting is currently available to stream on Netflix US