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: April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 93% 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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Daniel Kasman

Ann Hui risks the delicate balancing act of combine fantasy and reality with "A Simple Life", another-and an exceedingly excellent and moving-mainstream "social message" film from this master director.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Deannie Yip gives] one of those authoritative performances that can only come at the end of a very long career.

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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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Chris Sawin

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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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