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This tearjerker about a man who puts his family's nanny in a Hong Kong care home has an intriguingly anti-sentimental dimension

Ann Hui's Hong Kong movie A Simple Life is a tear-jerker, but thoughtful and intelligent, with an anti-sentimental dimension. Andy Lau plays Roger, a film producer who is one of only two remaining occupants of the apartment where he was brought up. The other is the ageing household maid-cum-nanny, Ah Tao (Deannie Ip), who has been with the family since she was a teenager. When Ah Tao has a stroke and asks to be put into a care home, Roger unhesitatingly takes on the administrative and financial burden himself. To other inhabitants of the care home, Ah Tao introduces him as her "god-son" and Roger realises this is how he now thinks of himself – or perhaps simply as her son. There is no overtly redemptive purpose to Roger's character development, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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