An analysis of the film a simple life
Ip earns not only our sympathies as a good natured person nearing the end of her time, but as a woman who has spent a lifetime putting the needs of others first, and refuses to accept even the slightest gesture of kindness towards her.
The universal subject of growing old has here inspired a film of near-universal appeal, though its accessible approach to slice-of-life material might hinder its fest progress after high-profile bows at Venice and Toronto. Realizing Ah Tao's significant place in his life and the impending void of her absence, Roger extends care and support to the woman who had helped raise him from infancy. I would be hard-pressed to remember the last time a character well into her 70s was proffered such a nuanced and developed characterisation, rather than immediately falling into some single stereotype that could be milked for a few laughs or tears, before being discarded. Learn more here Enter your email address to receive free newsletters from NCR. Neither performance could be labelled as showy, but Lau in particular brings a lightness and naturalism to his role to the extent that you would be forgiven for believing that he is playing nothing more than a thinly veiled version of himself. A movie in which the old lady is forgotten by the family would have been predictable melodrama, but how much more moving it is when she is remembered. Here is a film with the clarity of fresh stream water, flowing without turmoil to shared destiny. But that is not to say that Andy Lau is completely overshadowed by his co-star.
It speaks to realities that the characters—and presumably, all us contented working folk—would just as soon avoid. When the pastor quotes the well-known passage from the book of Ecclesiastes -- "To everything there is a season You may opt-out at any time.
Tweet 0 Submit Six months and more than half a dozen film festival appearances later, Hong Kong audiences are finally given the opportunity to see their supposed "Best Film of ", as Ann Hui's award-winning drama goes on general release this weekend.
As she reaches a vegetable stall, the vendors anticipate her arrival with amusement.
Is she angry? Ah Tao, orphaned as a child, has been with the Leung family for 60 years, since long before Roger was born.
Food is everywhere in this film.
It is only in this latter portion of the film that we are allowed to gain some insight on where the character's centeredness might be rooted -- Ah Tao and Roger are Christians. Please re-enter. The predictable routine of everyday life is disrupted when, without warning, Ah Tao suffers a stroke. Tweet "A Simple Life" paints portraits of two good people in gentle humanist terms. International sales: Distribution Workshop, Kowloon. The universal subject of growing old has here inspired a film of near-universal appeal, though its accessible approach to slice-of-life material might hinder its fest progress after high-profile bows at Venice and Toronto. The film eschews the melodramatic conventions that Hollywood often resorts to given intimate dramas of this sort -- no shedding of copious tears, no hugging, no deathless lines. The retirement home at first seems a grim and barren place, with toothless old people staring vacantly into space. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival competing , Sept. She tries to hit him for that — playfully, like a girl. The role of Roger is taken by Andy Lau, a big Hong Kong star, who here seems more ordinary and less heroic than in most of his roles. Invalid email address. Although the supervisor tells her she has the "coziest" private room, it is a sterile cubicle with no ceiling, so the cries and calls of others can easily be heard. Food is everywhere in this film. The understated sentiment is made more eloquent by the calibrated performances of the actors, most especially Deanie Ip, who so thoroughly disappears into the role of Ah Tao that her moments infuse the film with a documentary feel.
Tweet "A Simple Life" paints portraits of two good people in gentle humanist terms. I would be hard-pressed to remember the last time a character well into her 70s was proffered such a nuanced and developed characterisation, rather than immediately falling into some single stereotype that could be milked for a few laughs or tears, before being discarded.
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She deservingly reaped acting honors for this role from prestigious film festivals, including the Venice International Film Festival's Volpi Cup in This despite the fact that she literally has no one else in her life all the members of Roger's family now live in America. At the dining room of Roger's compact apartment, a special, multicourse seafood lunch awaits him, but his expressionless face indicates that this is nothing outside of the ordinary. You may opt-out at any time. When Ah Tao suffers a stroke, she quits her job and asks her sole current master, Roger Lau , to help her move into a nursing home. She raised him from infancy. The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate. When an older lady resident has a spat with her visiting daughter, it is Ah Tao's gentle encouragement that softens her heart so that reconciliation becomes possible. I hope they create an idea of how complex and mysterious this deceptively easy movie is. Please re-enter.
In recent years Hui has been concentrating on family dramas including The Way We Were Tin shui wai dik yat yu ye,but by all accounts she was on the verge of giving up filmmaking altogether when this project was put together by producer Roger Lee, who co-wrote the script with Susan Chan. No words.
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