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A Simple Life
 
 

Directed by Ann Hui, Hong Kong 2011
113 mins. Cantonese dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : BEST ACTRESS AT 2011 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
Since her teenage years, Ah Tao has worked as a servant for the Leung family. Now, after 60 years of service, she is still looking after Roger, the only member of the family still resident in Hong Kong. One day Roger returns home from work to find that Ah Tao has suffered a stroke. He rushes her to hospital where she announces that she wants to move permanently into a nursing home. Increasingly, giving more and more time and attention to Ah Tao's needs, Roger comes to realise how much she means to him.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"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."  (Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times)

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