A Simple Life

2012

A Simple Life

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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

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  • [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…
  • Perturbing truths about old age nestle inside an outwardly sentimental shell - it's a less cosy or placid prospect than it seems.

    Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A sad and sombre film that uses a plangent piano soundtrack to tug at the heartstrings, but tempers this with a downbeat reality.

    Aug 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Earnest glow and slowly progressing torpor, like a dying nuclear fuel rod.

    Aug 2, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A film that will fill you with a sense of hope, and a glimpse into the realities of life in modern Hong Kong.

    Aug 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Simple Life

  • Aug 24, 2014
    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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