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Simple Life, A (PG)

Simple Life, A (PG)


After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.

The critical consensus

Gentle, moving but spurning all hint of sentimentality, A Simple Life is often funny and even joyful.

****(*)Philip Kemp, Total Film, 24/07/2012

I wish I liked Ann Hui's praised-by-some...or even a little.

**(*)(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 02/08/2012

A film that will fill you with a sense of hope, and a glimpse into the realities of life in modern Hong Kong.

***(*)(*)Basia Lewandowski Cummings, Little White Lies, 02/08/2012

A sad and sombre film that uses a plangent piano soundtrack to tug at the heartstrings, but tempers this with a downbeat reality.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 02/08/2012

The film is unsentimental in its depiction of the indignities of old age.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 03/08/2012

Once the alternative to a lonesome old age has been established, the film hasn't anywhere left to go but "the only end of age".

Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 03/08/2012

Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip.

****(*)Simon Crook, Empire Online, 03/08/2012

Ann Hui's film is a searing account of the indignities of old age, and a moving paean to the companionship that can render those indignities bearable.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 05/08/2012

It's a gentle, flawlessly observed picture, moving but never sentimental, about getting old, fulfilling familial duties, killing time and being killed by time.

Philip French, The Observer, 05/08/2012

Avoids the obvious pitfalls of its tender subject matter by being compassionate but never sentimental, heartfelt but not tear-jerking and at once very funny and deeply moving.

Miles Fielder, The List, 16/08/2012

Where and when?

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday August 10, 2012, until Thursday August 16, 2012. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday August 17, 2012, until Thursday August 23, 2012. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday August 24, 2012, until Monday August 27, 2012. More info:

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