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[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.
An exquisite and wise moment of celluloid portraiture.
Often poignant but leavened with humor.
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.
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
There's none of the flashy food porn you'd get in an Ang Lee film such as Eat Drink Man Woman, but as a quiet examination of the central role of food in domestic Cantonese culture, this is about as good as it gets.
Ann Hui risks the delicate balancing act of combine fantasy and reality with "A Simple Life", another-and an exceedingly excellent and moving-mainstream "social message" film from this master director.
[Deannie Yip gives] one of those authoritative performances that can only come at the end of a very long career.
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.
eteran Director Ann Hui paints in delicate strokes, but while this may seem soft he is playing with powerful emotions.
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.
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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