Almost Heaven

At 17, Ying Ling is on her own for the first time: she lives in a dorm in the city of Changsha, Central China, trying to tolerate her dreary job. The everyday routine of a large funeral home is very structured and often tedious. Chatting with a young colleague brings some much-needed ease to the working day.

Soon, Ying learns the rites and routines of the wakes. The deceased are washed and cleaned thoroughly from head to toe, as respectful phrases are whispered into their ears. Pain and disease are stroked away; it is time for goodbyes. The emotional cries of the families echo off the stone walls of the crematorium. Ying is scared of the spirits left lingering in the hallways.

Her friendship with the close colleague deepens into romance, and his move into another city heightens Ying’s loneliness. The silences of this ebullient girl resonate heavily.

British director Carol Salter gets close to Ying’s confusion and self-discovery, maturing amid traditions and acts of letting go. The yearn to live finally pulls her further away from death.
Niina Holm (Translation: Liina Härkönen)

Languages: Chinese Mandarin
Subtitles: English


  • Director: Carol Salter
  • Country: Iso-Britannia
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 72 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Editing: Cinzia Baldessari, Hoping Chen, Rodrigo Saquel
  • Production: Carol Salter/Rocksalt Films in association with Postcode films


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