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A Simple Life

  • Rated NR
  • HD and SD formats available

independent, special interest


After working for the Leung family for decades, a servant still takes care of filmmaker Roger Leung -- but when she falls sick, the tables are turned as Roger looks after her.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    92%
  • Audience Score
    86%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    92%
    reviews counted: 7
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  • Audience

    86%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fresh: Gingerly peels layer after layer of sharp insights into the dynamics of familial love, using compassion and droll humor as its tools.

- Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fresh: Often poignant but leavened with humor.

- Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, Friday, April 20, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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 stroke. Roger pays for her care. With both sensing the end is near for her, he starts looking for a retirement home. Luckily, he knows the owner of one, and is able to cut a deal for a single room for her. While it may not seem like much happens in "A Simple Life" with its deliberate and episodic approach, it is beneath the surface that it is mostly of interest. Namely, it is concerned with life in Hong Kong where as one character points out the population is getting older. On a general note, it is also about family and how it intersects with work, as Roger is about the only family Ah Tao has near her while Roger does seem a little spoiled for a man his age.

- gator681, Sunday, August 24, 2014