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Adaptation of the David Leavitt novel in which a young man agonizes over revealing his homosexuality to his parents, but doesn't realize that his father is also gay and is about to come out of the closet in a way that will destroy his marriage.
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Adaptation of the David Leavitt novel in which a young man agonizes over revealing his homosexuality to his parents, but doesn't realize that his father is also gay and is about to come out of the closet in a way that will destroy his marriage.
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Special Features

BBC's Late Show
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
A movie that is less about homosexuality and more about family secrets, The Lost Language of Cranes revolves around the compelling premise of a well-adjusted gay man outing his own father when he announces he is gay. The comfortable, healthy gay lifestyle of Phillip (Angus MacFadyen), serves as a direct contrast to that of his father, Owen Benjamin (Brian Cox), who is living a lie just across town. While the family patriarch spends his weeks as a straight man co-habitating with his wife Rose, his weekends are consumed with secret trips to the gay porno theatre. Cox's depiction of a man with a secret is so convincing that it is difficult to feel anything other than disgust towards him, while Eileen Aitkins' Rose is so controlling and measured that it seems not unlikely she could avoid the truth about her husband for many years. Through Phillip's relationship with his boyfriend, meanwhile, director Nigel Finch pushes viewers to explore the theories surrounding homosexuality -- is it a matter of genetics or environment? Lost Language benefits from acting that is inspirational and expressive, and from characters made to seem extremely real through their very human strengths and weaknesses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • UPC: 794051267429
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,658

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Cox Owen Benjamin
Eileen Atkins Rose Benjamin
Angus MacFadyen Philip
Corey Parker Elliot Abrahams
René Auberjonois Geoffrey Lane
John Schlesinger Derek
Cathy Tyson Jerene Parks
Ben Daniels Robin
Nicholas LePrevost Nick
Frank Middlemass Alex
Richard Warwick Frank
Technical Credits
Nigel Finch Director
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Ruth Caleb Producer
James Keast Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Macadie Production Designer
Sean Mathias Screenwriter
Sue Wyatt Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Lost Language of Cranes
1. Chapter 1 [7:24]
2. Chapter 2 [6:09]
3. Chapter 3 [8:56]
4. Chapter 4 [5:54]
5. Chapter 5 [9:15]
6. Chapter 6 [8:31]
7. Chapter 7 [7:59]
8. Chapter 8 [6:41]
9. Chapter 9 [6:02]
10. Chapter 10 [8:31]
11. Chapter 11 [8:24]
12. Chapter 12 [6:20]
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Disc #1 -- The Lost Language of Cranes
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   Scene Selection
   Interview With Cast and Crew
   English Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing: On
   English Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing: Off
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