Orphans

Orphans

Peter Mullan (1998)

97min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Having won the best actor prize at Cannes for his performance in Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe, Peter Mullan takes a turn behind the camera to write and direct this black comedy drama about four siblings and the long night they experience before burying their mother. Star-in-the-making Douglas Henshall ends up being stabbed during a bar brawl, Gary Lewis gets caught up in a religious ritual, Stephen McCole is out for revenge following Henshall's injury, while Rosemarie Stevenson - as sister Sheila who has cerebral palsy - gets stranded in an alley when her electric wheelchair breaks down. This is quirky stuff indeed, yet Mullan deftly mixes humour with pathos, and proves he is a talent to watch both in front of and behind the camera.

Summary

Four siblings reunite for the first time in years at their mother's funeral, an event which forces them to address unresolved conflicts in an atmosphere fuelled by alcohol and heightened emotion. Comedy drama, starring Gary Lewis, Douglas Henshall, Rosemarie Stevenson and Stephen McCole.

Cast & Crew

Michael Flynn Douglas Henshall
Thomas Flynn Gary Lewis
John Flynn Stephen McCole
Sheila Flynn Rosemarie Stevenson
Tanga Frank Gallagher
Hanson Alex Norton
Director Peter Mullan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Downtown Pictures Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 7 May 1999

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