Previously at the ICA - Films
18 Aug 2012 – 23 Aug 2012
A heart-warming, low key study of ageing and the tender bond between a nanny and housemaid and her now adult charge. Ann Hui’s exquisite new film stars Yip as the elderly Chun Tao, lifelong servant to film producer Roger (Lau). After suffering a sudden stroke, Chun Tao must move into a care home. Used to taking meticulous care of her master for so many years, Chun Tao suddenly finds her position reversed, as Roger becomes her principal carer and must learn to look after her as she has done him for so many years. Slow paced, beautifully acted and elegantly observed, A Simple Life is a rewarding and humane film that wholly avoids sentimentality and moves towards an uplifting conclusion that is entirely fitting for a film so infused with warmth and compassion.
Dir. Ann Hui. Hong Kong 2011, 118 mins. Cantonese with English subtitles.
Cast. Andy Lau, Deannie Yip.