After Ollie, a struggling pianist, takes over her type-A elder sister Amanda’s job to look after their father with dementia, the sisters must confront their values on family and responsibilities.
Ollie, a free-spirited dream-chaser, returns to Hong Kong after failing to find work as a pianist in the U.K. due to the covid situation. She is forced to live with her uptight perfectionist elder sister Amanda and become the primary caretaker for their father who suffers from stage 5 dementia.
Olli‘s father doesn’t recognise her and has mistaken her as his old-time mistress, Sophie. Ollie finds it darkly humorous but Amanda seems disgusted. These different reactions show the two’s opposite personalities and reveal certain unspeakable family history.
Ollie accidentally finds out that music might help slow down her father’s brain deterioration. It however triggers the two sisters’ conflict about whether the connection to the world or physical health is more important to their father.
The continuous clashes on this topic further uncover the deeply hidden grudges held by the two sisters. Facing the exposed wounds of their hearts, can the two sisters with completely different personalities be honest with each other, especially when that person is so important, so lovable yet so detestable? How would they deal with their father’s gradual loss of memory and personality?
《䙚䙚》對我來說是個很重要的故事 – 我公公曾經是一位著名的畫家、籃球省隊MVP、更是個豁達慈愛的人，但他被診斷出有腦退化症已經超過十年，現在他成了一位卧病在床失去自理能力的人。
Al Niente is a story that is dearest to my heart because my grandpa has been one of my childhood heroes and has been diagnosed with dementia for more than 10 years. I remember how heart-breaking it was to see someone who used to be a famous painter, a basketball league MVP and an open-minded and loving grandpa, became a bedridden man who has lost the ability to take care of himself.
When I found out that music could help dementia patients to reconnect to their surroundings, I was tremendously touched. This inspired me to create Al Niente. I wish to let more dementia patients’ families know that there is hope, considering there were 46.8 million people worldwide living with dementia in 2015 and this number will double every 20 years according to Alzheimer’s Disease International.
I insist on having comedic elements in this movie because the caretaking process is filled with delightful moments. I truly believe that it is one of the best testimonies of love. To quote what my aunt said, it is a blessing. A joyful heart is good medicine. I hope the movie can honour and comfort all caretakers, and hope that patients will be remembered in a delighted way.
Lo LAM is a producer/writer/director based in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. After graduated from BBA(Law) at the University of Hong Kong, she created over 20 YouTube narrative commercials in Taiwan, some of which reached a million views. In 2018, Lo acquired an M.F.A. in Film&TV Production at the University of Southern California. Her short films, including Who Lives My Life? were selected by dozens of film festivals. Lo strikes to demonstrate a unique voice as a female millennial.
Grace YU is the co-founder of Grand Manner Co., Ltd. She has over a decade’s experience as a producer in the Hong Kong advertising industry since she graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a B.A. in fashion & design.
Director of Photography
Becky Baihui CHEN
As an ASC Heritage Award Nominee, Film Independent Project Involve Cinematography Fellow and International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC) Member, Becky CHEN seeks to capture the most intimate stories with her lens. Her films were screened at 100+ international film festivals, many of them are available on Apple TV, Amazon, and BET+.
影像單位 / 製作公司
Film Unit / Production Company