A Simple Life (2011)

A Simple Life (2011)

Released: 2011
Genre: Drama, Genre
Director: Ann Hui
Starring: Hailu Qin, Deannie Ip, Andy Lau, ,
Run time: 118 min
IMDb: 7.6/10
Country: Hong Kong
Views: 153722


After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people’s home.
User Reviews: This is a simple film – two main characters with no blood relation and yet deeply connected to each other – and presumably made with a modest budget. It is slow, and arguably a tad long (but I am OK with it), but as the story evolves I begin to care about them.

As a film it is a great antidote to the sex, violence, intriguing plots, and CGI (I must admit I like some of those too) that we are so used to on the big screen these days. Director Ann Hui indicated the story was inspired by true events and I believe her. What makes this story unique is we are looking at love, respect and a feeling of duty and obligation between two human beings as if they were mother and son – but they are not. Instead, what started out as a servant-master relationship transcended itself to become something more sublime when the care-giver became incapacitated and the table was turned. When this happened the roles were reversed and yet it happened in such an unforced, natural and leisurely fashion.

There are tear-jerking moments, of course, but they came in such an unpretentious manner. The ending is as you would expect when age and illness took their toll on Tao Jie, played by Deannie Yip. And yet, I finished watching the film feeling uplifted, and with a strong sense of hope on humanity.

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