Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A Simple Life (桃姐) (2011)

A middle aged bachelor takes care of his amah when she retires and enters a nursing home.

This is the closest Hong Kong auteur Ann Hui gets to making a weepy Hallmark movie and extolling the virtues of benevolence and loyalty that typify old school Chinese.

Watch for: Ann Hui's very understated scriptwriting. Mind you, this could easily have been a shrill story about ageing and the plight of domestic servants in Hong Kong. Not that the territory doesn't need a shrill poke about these issues.

Read my full review at Fridae, first published on 14 March 2012.

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