A Simple Life
A Simple Life (2012)

Since her teenage years, Chung Chun-Tao has worked as an amah - a servant - for the Leung family. Known as Ah Tao, she witnessed every aspect of the family's life. Now, after 60 years of service, she is looking after Roger, who works in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

[T]he sort of film in which every detail feels unforced but essential.

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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Often poignant but leavened with humor.

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Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

Driven by the fantastic performances of Andy Lau and Deanie Ip and its authentic writing, A Simple Life is the type of film you pop in to remind yourself that there is hope for the human race.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry and the loving way Ah Tao's attention to detail is repaid.

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Alan Bett
The Skinny

eteran Director Ann Hui paints in delicate strokes, but while this may seem soft he is playing with powerful emotions.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

An exquisite and wise moment of celluloid portraiture.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Ms. Hui, a rare successful female director in the Hong Kong film industry, drew her story from real events, and the movie retains a tonic flavor of the everyday: its drama unfolds simply, without explosive moments but not without emotion

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly earned cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler's List) another Oscar nomination in 2008 has there been such a good film about incapacity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "A Simple Life," Ah Tao(Deannie Yip) has been employed by the family of Roger(Andy Lau), a film producer, for decades. Then, one day she has a… More