What a lovely film. A beautiful depiction of a meaningful relationship between a man and the maid who had worked for his family for decades and is now old and becoming troubled by health problems. Made with a light touch, moments of joy, moments of sadness. And its very interesting to have a look at life in a care home in Hong Kong.
The accumulation of quiet moments with a ring of truth outweighed any doubts I'd had about the sentimental piano score and obvious narrative trajectory. The film is a little uneven, and both characters perhaps too virtuous, but it surprises by refraining from overt judgment about Tao's role as a servant. It also takes Hong Kong for granted, for once seeing it with a human eye for local, specific truths.
A tribute to those who unconditionally nurture and care for others, often beyond blood ties, and a deep reflection on the twilight of living and our preparedness to accomodate this chapter in our own lives. Deeply honest in its simplicity, truthful, never verging on lacrimal manipulation, convincing, subtly suggesting pathos, persuading to ponder about our own decline with due anticipation.
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.
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.
Un film touchant sur la relation entre cet homme populaire dans le monde du cinéma et sa "dame de maison" qui est dans sa famille depuis plusieurs générations. Qui parle de la vieillesse et de la société chinoise avec une douceur infinie. Entre humour et tristesse. Belle surprise.
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.
Puts me in mind of Bill Forsyth: the gentle humanness and how much is said without saying it aloud or in underlined boldface, and how well the film reveals social realities in relation to individual interior truths. If only more directors left as much space and time available for actors to bloom slowly.