A Simple Life


Intimate and heartfelt film from Hong Kong director Ann Hui

Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s intimate and affecting tale of the bond forged between middle-aged film producer Roger (House Of Flying Daggers’ Andy Lau) and his family’s elderly servant Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) when a stroke forces her into a nursing home, is undeniably a slowburner.

Yet its gentle pace, and a watchful documentary style that doesn’t shirk the indignities or the pleasures of old age, keep the drama tender rather than tear-jerking. Ip (Lau’s godmother in real life) is particularly riveting, giving a delicate, dogged portrayal of a woman learning to receive love just as life is receding.

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