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2 Mar 2011

All About Love

All you wanted to know about (bi)sex(uality) but were afraid to ask. 

Original Title: 得闲炒饭

Rating: R21 (Homosexual Content)

Director: Ann Hui

Screenplay: Yeeshan Yang

Cast: Sandra Ng, Vivian Chow, Joey Meng, Jo Koo, Eddie Cheng, William Chan, Fung Bobo

Release 3 March 2011

All About Love is a dramedy about two bisexual women who rekindle their past romance when they meet as expectant single mothers. Will they get back together this time round? Will they keep both babies? How will a bisexual family unit look like? You will find all the answers by the end of the film, but you’ll have to sit through some pretty earnest expositions about gender politics and gender theory. Aside from such politically-charged dialogue, there is also a relentlessly 80s-style romantic soundtrack, and charmingly angsty animated flashbacks that depict a schoolgirl crush.

In its own way, the film tries to gain an understand for lesbian and bisexual women in Asia as well as preach at its audience about gender relations and the give and take of love. It tries to normalise the ‘unnatural’. In other words, its approach is not too different from the gay-themed movies that came out of Hollywood in the 1970s. It’s just as earnest, sweet, and preachy – just with lesbian and female leads this time round. Does it feel dated? Maybe social conditions in Asia are really 40 years behind the industrialised world.

Watching this film, I am reminded of when an international thespian happened to attend a play by a local out playwright. It was a classic piece of agitprop queer theatre – if you didn’t derive some form of self-validation from this gay-themed play, you probably wouldn’t appreciate it or like it much. And yet the thespian was reported to sigh and smile repeatedly, even wistfully at the same lines I thought were just too precious.

My friend, a mentor to many a theatre studies talent, told me kindly, “Sir X smiled, yes. But Sir X smiled not because the lines were original or the writing showed the promise of a staggering genius. Sir X smiled because 40, 50 years ago, way before he was out, he had watched incendiary plays like this in London, that had lines like this.”

Watching Ann Hui’s All About Love, I felt myself being transported to the position of Sir X as I sighed and smiled wistfully at the film.


1. 2011-03-15 12:20  
Please support this movie at Cathay because it's good 'family' entertainment, the cast looks like they are having fun doing it and nice to watch a future alternative world.

Pitifully under-watched. Kudos to Cathay for bringing them in, probably loss-making - Kids are All Right and now this.

On Monday, there was no notice of All for Love screening times on Straits Times. I had to check out on the internet. That probably contributed to the small 10-member audience at the 9.20pm show.

Best of all, a bonus at end when Fung bo-bo, child-actor 1960s, appeared, looking super-gorgeous still.

Now, go.

2. 2011-04-05 21:25  
Ok... so the govt did not restrict its distribution to just one print, but its stooge, The Straits Times, does its bit by not advertising the show times.
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