Please join us for a complimentary glass of prosecco on Thursday 18 April at 7:30 to celebrate the conclusion of our eighth season of the best of independent world cinema.
We wind up the season on Thursday at 8pm withA Simple Life (Tao Jie – China), a moving and gently humorous look at the decades-long relationship between a Hong Kong man and his devoted family servant.
The rhythms of shared routine and intimacy that bind the lead characters are explored as their roles are reversed, and he becomes the caregiver. With perfectly judged performances from Andy Lau and Deanie Ip, the film is an understated meditation on the varieties of affection and love.
Ip plays Ah Tao, who has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. For the past decade, the only member of the family left in Hong Kong is Roger, who works in the film industry.
Having cared for Roger from childhood, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing home. There, she becomes part of a new family made up of colourful characters.
All the while, as roles are reversed, Roger tenderly cares for her as she enters the final phase of her life. Based on a true story, A Simple Life delicately traces their life-long bond with pathos and humour and reminds the audience that there is hope for the human race.
Overall Winner, Asian Film Awards and People’s Choice
Everyone who attends A Simple Life on 18 April will be entered in a draw to win this large poster from the film.
A SIMPLE LIFE (TAO JIE)
Director: Ann Hui. China, 2011. 118 minutes. Cert: CLUB. Language: Mandarin (subtitled).
See www.corkcineclub.com, Facebook and Twitter for trailers, reviews and more. Tickets, €8.50/€7 (includes Cine Club membership), are sold at the door. Foreign language films are subtitled.
Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.
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