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Another Year (2010)

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, Oliver Maltman, David Bradley, Karina Fernandez, Martin Savage, Michele Austin, Phil Davis, Imelda Staunton

Director(s): Mike Leigh

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama

Synopsis

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

 

motleymitch wrote on February 13, 2011, 2:43 am
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Another brilliant script from Leigh, and cast accordingly with nondescript, realistic, believable actors. This film, like all of Leigh's films, is purely character-driven. There are no Brad Pitt-matinée idols or explosions or freaky twist endings - this is real life as Leigh often tells it. I can highly recommened this to Jeffy, not so much to Mikey and Deril. The latter two may appreciate it as being a 'good film', but find it ultimately boring. It is in effect, a recounting of the year in the life of a happily married older couple, and how they deal with the issues and circumstances of their mostly unhappy friends and family. There are moments of humour, awkwardness, despair, idle chatter & insight, all combined to capture the intricacies of family, loneliness, sadness, togetherness and the bonds that tie us and separate us all. The human condition - it's what Leigh always lays out bare with no pretentions. He often gets Oscar-nominated for his scripts and it would be great to see him finally win one here (though not likely), and although the little-known actors were left off the Oscar ballots this year, it is a shame, as they are all worthy. Jeffy, check this out and lemme know what you think.
motleymitch wrote on February 13, 2011, 10:57 am
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Also of note, for what it's worth, I walked into the theater and realized my friends and I were probably the youngest people in attendance. The senoir citizens were out in droves on a rockin' saturday night!

Jefferygn wrote on February 21, 2011, 9:52 am
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No one films reality better than Mike Leigh. If only his techniques were more widely applied in cinema, we would have more movies reflecting our true lives, rather than the fantastical dribble we are most often fed.

Outstanding.
Jefferygn wrote on February 21, 2011, 9:52 am
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No one films reality better than Mike Leigh. If only his techniques were more widely applied in cinema, we would have more movies reflecting our true lives, rather than the fantastical dribble we are most often fed.

Outstanding.

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