A Simple Life

2011

Directed by Ann Hui – Written by Susan Chan and Yan-Lam Lee

Starring: Andy Lau and Deannie Yip

This one comes from ‘Asia’s most important female director’ Ann Hui. Big praise, does she live up to it? Yup.

Most people won’t like this film; I will tell you know nothing really happens. It’s a piece of cinema about human interaction, relationship and old age. We will all die one day, this is just what happens when one of us has their turn.

A maid who has served a family over three generations becomes ill due to a stroke and moves to a care home. Hui is good at taking bits of mundane everyday life and serving them to us exactly how they are.

I do think this film doesn’t resonate the same way on an international level as it does in its country of origin. Still, it rolls along experiencing everything we experience amongst family members and the people we share relationships with and leaves you with a lump in your throat.

4/10

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