A Simple Life


A Simple Life (2012)


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Since her teenage years, Chung Chun-Tao has worked as an amah - a servant - for the Leung family. Known as Ah Tao, she witnessed every aspect of the family's life. Now, after 60 years of service, she is looking after Roger, who works in the film industry and is the only member of the family still resident in Hong Kong. One day Roger comes home from work to find that Ah Tao has suffered a stroke. He rushes her to hospital, where she announces that she wants to quit her job and move into anursing home. Roger researches the possibilities and finds her a room in an establishment run by an old friend. Ah Tao moves in and begins acquainting herself with a new 'family': the brisk but fundamentally kindly supervisor Ms Choi and a motley crew of elderly residents Giving ever more time and attention to Ah Tao's needs and pleasures, Roger comes to realise how much she means to him. -- (C) China Lion

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Critic Reviews for A Simple Life

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

[T]he sort of film in which every detail feels unforced but essential.

Aug 9, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 9, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

An exquisite and wise moment of celluloid portraiture.

Jul 31, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Often poignant but leavened with humor.

Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry and the loving way Ah Tao's attention to detail is repaid.

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ms. Hui, a rare successful female director in the Hong Kong film industry, drew her story from real events, and the movie retains a tonic flavor of the everyday: its drama unfolds simply, without explosive moments but not without emotion

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Simple Life


In "A Simple Life," Ah Tao(Deannie Yip) has been employed by the family of Roger(Andy Lau), a film producer, for decades. Then, one day she has a stroke. Roger pays for her care. With both sensing the end is near for her, he starts looking for a retirement home. Luckily, he knows the owner of one, and is able to cut a deal for a single room for her. While it may not seem like much happens in "A Simple Life" with its deliberate and episodic approach, it is beneath the surface that it is mostly of interest. Namely, it is concerned with life in Hong Kong where as one character points out the population is getting older. On a general note, it is also about family and how it intersects with work, as Roger is about the only family Ah Tao has near her while Roger does seem a little spoiled for a man his age.

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