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Competition|Special Programs < Special Focus on Hong Kong 2022 >

The First Girl I Loved


Director: Candy NG (吳詠珊), YEUNG Chiu Hoi (楊潮凱)

2021|Hong Kong|94min|Language: Cantonese|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue
3/13 Sun 11:40 *Sold Out Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/16 Wed 12:30 ABC Hall
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Hedwig TAM (談善言)
Renci YEUNG (楊偲泳)

“No matter what happens, you will always have a place in my heart.”

When Nam’s (Hedwig TAM) friend Yuet (Renci YEUNG) announces that she is about to get married, we are taken via flashbacks to their adolescence at an all-girls Christian high school when they first met and shared a chaste romance of kisses that are sneaked and fingers intertwined when classmates aren’t around. However, their relationship has its limits because one treats it as love, while the other deems it growth and they pull apart. As the wedding brings them together again, it seems all a bridesmaid can do is to hold hands of the bride and pass her once beloved to someone else.

Sapphic love gets a beautiful soft-focus and pastel-coloured treatment in this earnest pure-love story full of sympathetic and nuanced characters to empathise with, references to Hong Kong fashions and Leslie Cheung to give us a time and place. Sensitive performances from Hedwig TAM and Renci YEUNG that hold our hearts until their hands finally part.

[Jason MAHER]

Director: Candy NG (吳詠珊), YEUNG Chiu Hoi (楊潮凱)