The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden (1993)

Love knows no limits.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1993-02-20
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 81 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 45min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Laurentic Film Productions
  • Production Country: France, Germany, United Kingdom
  • Director: Andrew Birkin
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After the death of her husband, the mother of Julie, Jack, Sue and Tom begins to suffer from a mysterious illness. Aware that she is going to have to go into hospital she opens a bank account for the children, so that they can be financially self-sufficient and will be able to avoid being taken into care by the authorities. Unfortunately she also dies and Julie and Jack (the older, teenage children) decide to hide her body in the basement so that they can have free reign of their household. Soon Tom has taken to dressing as a girl whilst Sue has become increasingly reticent, confiding only to her diary, meanwhile Jack and Julie sense an attraction developing for each other. However Julie's new beau, Derek, threatens to unearth the many dark secrets within this family as he becomes increasingly suspicious of Jack.


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  • Andrew Robertson

    as Jack
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg

    as Julie
  • Alice Coulthard

    as Sue
  • Ned Birkin

    as Tom
  • Sinéad Cusack

    as Mother
  • Hanns Zischler

    as Father
  • Jochen Horst

    as Derek, Julie's Friend
  • Gareth Brown

    as William
  • William Hootkins

    as Commander Hunt (voice)
  • Dick Flockhart

    as Truck Driver
  • Mike Clarke

    as Driver's Mate
Production Bernd Eichinger Executive Producer
Sound Ed Shearmur Music
Directing Andrew Birkin Director
Writing Andrew Birkin Writer
Art Bernd Lepel Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Bernd Lepel Costume Design
Production Martin Moszkowicz Executive Producer
Writing Ian McEwan Novel
Camera Stephen Blackman Director of Photography
Production Bee Gilbert Producer
Art Amanda Grenville Art Direction
Editing Toby Tremlett Editor
Production Stephen O'Rourke Co-Producer
Production Sylvia Montalti Co-Producer