Orphans

  • 18
  • Peter Mullan (1998)
  • UK
  • 97 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Black comedy drama starring Douglas Henshall and Gary Lewis. When Thomas Flynn sings a tribute to his mother in a Glasgow pub on the eve of her funeral a fight erupts between his family and a local youth. As the night progresses the Flynn siblings face individual torments while struggling to come to terms with their mother's death.

Cast and crew

Cast

Michael Flynn
Douglas Henshall
Thomas Flynn
Gary Lewis
John Flynn
Stephen McCole
Sheila Flynn
Rosemarie Stevenson
Tanga
Frank Gallagher
Hanson
Alex Norton

Crew

Director
Peter Mullan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Downtown Pictures
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 7 May 1999
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama