A Simple Life
Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) has been the Leung family's servant in Hong Kong for the past six decades. All of the Leung family has moved to America except for Roger (Andy Lau) who lives alone with her. She's the only one who knows how to cook for him ox tongue soup just the way he likes it. When she suffers a stroke, he now has to find the time to take care of her while concurrently looking after himself. She announces that she wants to quit her many years of working as a servant, and he soon sends her to nursing home.
Well-acted, deeply human and emotionally resonating, A Simple Life never veers toward melodrama because of its sensitive screenplay, nuanced performances and a heightened sense of realism. At times it's quite heartbreaking and devestating to watch especially because the bond between Ah Tao and Roger feels so strong and palpable from start to finish. It truly deserved being the official Oscar entry for China.