Hailsham Film Club screening will be A Simple Life. The Cantonese language film is from Hong Kong and was their official choice for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards although it did not actually get onto the short list. It was directed by Ann Hui whose first feature-length film was The Secret way back in 1979. Ann Hui had said that A Simple Life would be her last film, but it has been so successful that she is inspired to continue!
A Simple Life is a gentle tale of the relationship between Roger, the son of a rich family (Andy Lau) and the housekeeper, Sister Peach (Deanie Ip), who brought him up. Based on real events in the life of Hong Kong film producer Roger Lee, the film explores themes of care and aging. When Sister Peach has a stroke, she moves from the family house into a nursing home. Both she and Roger need to come to terms with the reversal in their relationship as it is now he who must care for her.
Ultimately heartwarming, the film is being described as powerful but understated cinema. However, there are also mutterings that the 118 minute running time might be a touch too long.
Hailsham Pavilion, Tue 9th Oct, 19:45.