Still from All Shall Be Well
Still from All Shall Be Well

In the heart of Hong Kong, a story unfolds that is as tender as it is tumultuous.

All Shall Be Well, directed by the acclaimed Ray Yeung, is a cinematic exploration of love, loss, and the quest for dignity amidst societal and legal challenges. The film stars Patra Au and Maggie Li Lin Lin as Angie and Pat, a lesbian couple in their sixties whose harmonious life is upended by an unforeseen tragedy.

The narrative begins with the couple’s affluent and respected life together, only to pivot sharply when Pat passes away suddenly. Au’s nuanced portrayal of Angie finds her grappling with grief and the stark reality of having no legal claim to the life she shared with Pat. The film delves into the complexities of family dynamics as Pat’s relatives assert control over the funeral arrangements and estate, leaving Angie in a precarious position.

Yeung’s direction delicately touches the subject matter, weaving a profoundly personal and universally resonant story. The film’s portrayal of the LGBTQIA+ community’s struggles for recognition and rights is both a reflection of contemporary issues and a timeless tale of human resilience.

Critics have lauded “All Shall Be Well” for its emotional depth and authenticity. IndieWire’s Josh Slater-Williams describes the film as “deeply moving,” highlighting its exploration of the immediate chaos following an unexpected loss and the intricate negotiations that ensue3. The accolades include the Teddy Award for best LGBTQ-themed feature film and a third-place finish in the Panorama Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival.

“All Shall Be Well” is not just a film; it is a mirror held up to society, reflecting the ongoing struggles for equality and recognition faced by many. It reminds us that the need for a chosen family and self-reliance becomes ever more poignant in the twilight of life. As the title suggests, there is hope that, in the end, all shall indeed be well.

Playing at the Sydney Film Festival  6th and 9th June. Book tickets here