Reuniting superstar Andy Lau with his godmother Deanie Ip on the big screen for the first time in 23 years, A Simple Life is a deeply moving story about the relationship between a young man and a family servant that is handled with exquisite affection and grace by Ann Hui.
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Sentimental, in the best sort of way, film from director Ann Hui that follows the relationship between a film producer and the nanny/servant who has always been in his life after she falls ill. An acting showcase for Deanie Ip (who won many accolades for this performance) and Andy Lau. In many hands this would have wound up saccharine or cloying but Hui guides this story with heartfelt precision.
Just as the title says, a simple portray of a heartwarming relationship between a young man and his old servant. Extraordinary performances from Andy Lau and Deannie Yip makes this even better. Simply touching without any melodramatic moments.
Breathtaking. By that I mean Roger Lee's emotionally poignant adaptation of his own personal story, Hui's realistic depictions of contemporary social and cultural issues as well as attitudes, (as usual) and the film's many comedic moments and in-jokes, juxtaposed with thought-provoking and touching scenes. Oh and of course- Deanie Ip's masterful portrayal of the titular Tao Jie.
An elderly maid, who has taken care of the same family for nearly 60 years, suffers a stroke and decides to move into a nursing home. The youngest of the family, a successful movie producer who was practically raised by her, decides to put his career on hold and become her caretaker, switching their roles and in the last few months of her life, becoming her closest friend. A simple, lovely, deeply moving film.
This film is really about intimacy and connection and how familial bonds can form outside of blood relations. How do you take care of the person who has always taken care of you? Love is more than words. Love is action and love is on full display in this lovely movie.
The scenes in the nursing home are extremely powerful in their extreme simplicity. This movie works as a wake-up call for all viewers. It reminds us of our fragility and insignificance. It had a therapeutic effect on me.
The two lead actors are superb.
The only negative thing is the sappy soundtrack that is there to remind you that what you're watching is really sad.