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The Hanging Garden (1997)

William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.

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Rosemary
Mark Austin ...
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Fletcher (as Joel S. Keller)
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Black-Eyed Susan
Christine Dunsworth ...
Violet
Seana McKenna ...
Iris
Joan Orenstein ...
Grace
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Basil--Fiddler
Jocelyn Cunningham ...
Laurel
Jim Faraday ...
Mr. MacDougal
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Teen Rosemary
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William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents. Written by Tom Hunt Brooks <thuntb@relaypoint.net>

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It's hard to go home... ten years after your death.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language, and a scene of a hanging, and some teen drug use | See all certifications »

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7 November 1997 (USA)  »

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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

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$32,632 (USA) (17 May 1998)

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$925,756 (USA) (12 July 1998)
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Grace the Nun: Father, can you come and bless this Virgin
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Grace the Nun: for the lady, please?
Iris: No no, that's not necessary, please don't bother him ...
Grace the Nun: That's what he's here for, it's included! Father, are you ready to bless the Virgin or what?
[The priest comes up to the store counter and picks up the Virgin statuette.]
Grace the Nun: Oh hang on now, she hasn't got the receipt. How many times do I tell you, don't bless the Virgin until you get the receipt!
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the Garden of mismatched souls
15 October 2002 | by (Tonsberg, Norway) – See all my reviews

Sweet William, Rosemary, Violet, Basil and the rest. Named after flowers and herbs, people growing together in your typical family garden of mismatched souls. Little William, trying to be something that sets him apart from the rest, something nobody can touch or change. He grows up to be a gay and obese teenager. Lusting after his closest friend. Not the easiest of lives. We meet Willy 10 years later, returning home to celebrate his sister Rosemary's wedding. He is now a slim, attractive young man. But what has happened during those ten years? And who is the little boy running around the house?

Every time I watch this small masterpiece, new layers of meaning turn up. The plot structure gives away some undiscovered truths, together with dialogue pointers I didn't notice before. That, to me, is a film worth seeing! When we showed this at our local film society, it got a great reception, one of the best we ever had for a film.

The Hanging garden is short, bittersweet and - sadly - true to life. You'll find something in this garden for you, whoever you may be!


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