Driven by the fantastic performances of Andy Lau and Deanie Ip and its authentic writing, A Simple Life is the type of film you pop in to remind yourself that there is hope for the human race.
| Original Score: 7/10
eteran Director Ann Hui paints in delicate strokes, but while this may seem soft he is playing with powerful emotions.
| Original Score: 4/5
Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly earned cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler's List) another Oscar nomination in 2008 has there been such a good film about incapacity.
Compassionate but never sentimental, heartfelt but not tear-jerking and at once very funny and deeply moving.
[T]he sort of film in which every detail feels unforced but essential.
Here is a film with the clarity of fresh stream water, flowing without turmoil to shared destiny. No plot gimmicks. No twists and turns. Just a simple life.
| Original Score: 4/4
It's a gentle, flawlessly observed picture, moving but never sentimental, about getting old, fulfilling familial duties, killing time and being killed by time.
In keeping with the title and the heroine, A Simple Life is a straightforward and unassuming gem.
Perturbing truths about old age nestle inside an outwardly sentimental shell - it's a less cosy or placid prospect than it seems.
It is a quite lovely film.
A sad and sombre film that uses a plangent piano soundtrack to tug at the heartstrings, but tempers this with a downbeat reality.
| Original Score: 3/5
Earnest glow and slowly progressing torpor, like a dying nuclear fuel rod.
| Original Score: 2/5
A film that will fill you with a sense of hope, and a glimpse into the realities of life in modern Hong Kong.
This poignant and emotional relationship study between an ageing servant and her employer requires more punch and focus, but is still a tender and heartfelt piece of drama with outstanding lead performances.
Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip.
An exquisite and wise moment of celluloid portraiture.
Well-acted, deeply human and emotionally resonating.
| Original Score: 8.95/10
...a compelling yet uneven piece of work.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Often poignant but leavened with humor.
| Original Score: 3/4
Hui depicts the passage of time and the poignancies of the past with subtle, elliptical episodes, and the film draws on deep emotions without succumbing to sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3.5/4