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The Hanging Garden (1997)

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Release Date
 USA: May 15, 1998
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 3, 2003

Budget CAD 1,500,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality, language, and a scene of a hanging, and some teen drug use.

Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country UK, Canada

Studio Cineplex Odeon Films, Emotion Pictures, Galafilm Productions, Triptych Media

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Other Titles
• The Hanging Garden
• Le Jardin suspendu (1997)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Coming Of Age, Ghosts, Teenage

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

Plot: A young man named Sweet William returns, as a successful and fit gay man, to the coastal town where he grew up--ten years after he ran away as an unhappy, obese, teenager. His reason for returning is his sister's wedding. The combination of family members and the conflicts that come along with them spark memories of the reasons why he left, as well as visions of alternate realities, including one in which he hung his fifteen year-old self from a tree in the backyard of the family home. This unusual and cryptic Canadian production, though overlooked in the U.S., was named as 1997's film of the year by the 'Globe and Mail', Canada's National newspaper, above THE SWEET HEREAFTER. Incidentally, like that film, this one also features acclaimed young actress, Sarah Polley.

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 Directed by
Thom Fitzgerald
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 Written by
Thom Fitzgerald
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Sarah Polley
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