This story of her maid and his master might be described as Hong Kong’s more upbeat version of Amour. Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. Now only Roger (Infernal Affairs star Andy Lau), a film director in his late 40s, still lives in Hong Kong. He hardly seems to notice how Ah Tao lavishes him with attention, until she has a stroke. Then their roles reverse. At her request, he moves her into a nursing home, where he visits her so regularly everyone assumes he is her godson. Director Ann Hui takes a minimalist, clear-eyed approach while steadily revealing how important these two are to each other (when we see Roger with his mother, it’s clear he and Ah Tao are closer). Their relationship has been about boundaries—Ah Tao is nearly as proper as Anthony Hopkins’ butler in The Remains of the Day—but as she ails, those boundaries slip away. In one beautifully reflective scene Ah Tao and Roger go through her meager possessions and he realizes that she has kept and treasured the sling she carried him in as a baby. In its elegant intimacies, Hui’s film calls to mind the work of the late Edward Yang.
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I've seen three of these; while Take This Waltz, for all its evident merits, didn't work for me (as distinct from not being very good, a distinction almost every critic needs to learn to make), I loved Monsieur Lazhar unconditionally and Oslo, August 31st nearly so.
But I wouldn't bother with this comment except to point out that Oslo, August 31st actually takes place largely on August 30th. The movie does end on the morning of the 31st, though. The title is thus in fact a covert* statement that the movie is ultimately about its ending, not about what precedes it. That's fairly significant, and it's just one facet of its excellence.
*Covert enough for Mary Pols to have missed it, at least -- I'm frankly not sure whether that says much.
@MikeShelton Thanks for letting us know how close-minded you are!