Best Documentary, British Independent Film Awards 2017
Best Documentary Feature, Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018

Mark Kermode recommends Almost Heaven as his film of the week:

“the juxtaposition of vibrant youth and mundane death strikes a chord, touching upon something which borders on the metaphysical, sneaking up upon profundity and finding solace and insight in the most unexpected places” – Mark Kermode

 “A poignant study of life and death”
The Sunday Times

Carol Salter strikes gold with her characters.”
Little White Lies

“A teen trains as a mortician in this revealing documentary.”
Time Out

“A stunning documentary following a young mortician in China.”
ShortList Magazine

“an insightful pleasure
Sight & Sound Magazine, October 2017

           “Very unique…very poignant and intimate”  – British Independent Film Awards

Almost Heaven draws a vibrant, human story out of seemingly average lives that fit with neither the glamour nor the grime of most screen portraits.

Carol Salter teases a bubbly and engaging personality out of a seemingly ordinary and mild-mannered adolescent; the filmmaker-cinematographer is ever-ready … to capture the young woman’s emotional ebbs and flows. ”

Almost Heaven juxtaposes life and death, and it seems as if we’ve almost forgotten that this is also how nature presents life to us.”
Goethe-Institut, China


“A stand-out this year in the Generation section is Carol Salter‘s documentary Almost Heaven.”

“The 10 best films we saw at Sheffield Doc|Fest”
Little White Lies

Dealing day in and day out with mortality reveals, in both the young and the old, a renewed appreciation for the sanctity of life and the fragility of death.”
Shooting People

“10 of the Best Films at Open City Documentary Festival 2017″
Whickers World Foundation 

“…a quietly wistful and gently wry snapshot of a life in transition…”

“There’s a real hunger to discuss death.”
Ham & High

“Whether or not you have an interest in death and funeral ritual, this is a beautifully shot film that’s definitely worth watching.”

“A compelling snapshot”
TANK Magazine

“A Winning Portrait of a Teen Girl Surrounded by Death”
Under the Radar, Women and Hollywood

Chinese press coverage:

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 Sight & Sound Magazine:                                             The Chinese Business Gazette: