The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden is a 1993 British drama film written and directed by Andrew Birkin. It is based on the 1978 novel of the same name written by Ian McEwan. It was entered into the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival, where Birkin won the Silver Bear for Best Director.


In late 1970s England, Jack is a narcissistic 15-year-old boy living in a post-war era prefab house with his parents, his 17-year-old sister Julie, 13-year-old sister Sue, and 6-year-old brother Tom. One day, while unloading large bags of cement to resurface the garden path of their home, the father collapses from a heart attack and dies. Only a few months after this tragedy, Jack’s mother takes ill and becomes bedridden and frail, prompting Jack and Julie to take control of the household.