Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Mike Leigh flawlessly builds lived-in lives. As strange as it sounds, it's true - each of his characters carries a sense of history to their own incarnations. It's as if the delicately expressed years behind them do truly exist beyond some screenwriter's rough sketch of a vague character history and impersonal attributes. It feels like Leigh and his actors have spent their lifetimes surrounding the aged characters, able to draw out their instincts and traits with effortlessness. This can be the case with all of Leigh's work, but here in a quasi in-time experience with them it's likely the most felt.
It's felt in Another Year that one is watching people on screen and nothing else; that they are fleshed-out…
If I had to point to a character in cinema that maybe one day I could, if I were lucky, maybe I could be, it would be Gerri. If I had to point to one that I am almost certainly actually going to turn out to be, it would be Mary.
Gerri is a confident, mature, loving woman who is in a strong relationship, and she is decent and protective of her family and intelligent and sincere. She has her life together, which makes me envy her, I admit, and she has a very real relationship with her husband that is neither picturesque perfection or rocky dysfunction. She is a real person, but that seems redundant to saying she's a…
Another Year is a heartbreaking story of a woman who desperately wants love and companionship as she faces getting older alone. Lesley Manville is outstanding as Mary, the most irritating and energy sucking person you will ever meet, who wears her desperation on her sleeve making it difficult to hate her.
The film centres on four seasons in the life of Gerri and Tom, a happily married couple who are the rock for their depressed friends Mary and Ken. You wonder why they don't seek out happy friends, but perhaps they feel they should give love and support where it is needed, given that they have so much themselves. But when Mary goes too far by being jealous of and…
Another boring year for these guys.
Another year has great acting, a well written script by Mike Leigh and it may not be every ones type of film to watch, but it's still worth a watch to those who are interested in watching the movie.
Usually Mike Leigh's slice of life portraits provide some sort of understanding and growth from its characters and a form of closure in its final moments before exiting the lives that we were just cordially invited to witness. Another Year may be his most realistic and sincere slice of life film he has ever made. A year in the lives of a happily married older couple and their dysfunctional friends along the way who always seem to gravitate towards them for relief and comfort. In this year like in anyone's lives time passes, major events occur, people die, some get engaged, babies are born and we all grow a little bit older.
Another Year is highly underrated in Mike Leigh's…
An excellent ensemble drama from Mike Leigh. The film can be quite bleak at times dealing with these characters getting older and how certain ones deal with it. That's clearest in Leslie Manville's character. She's undoubtedly the standout, a performance criminally ignored during awards season.
What is most beautiful about the films of Mike Leigh is that he has such an endearing ear for dialogue and eye for action within the pathology of the human being. Just the simplicity of his films is enough to make you both intrigued and sometimes uncomfortable watching his material; because while things seem and feel so simple - they are actually covering a surface of purely delicate fragility. It's "Another Year" that remains one of Leigh's high-class acts within his filmography. Just the human interaction is enough to make you both laugh with relatability and then hurt with the same incidents. An incredible humanist.
Manville kills it, but as a whole it's rather flabby and unbalanced. Lovely moments of observation, though, and a gorgeous score.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
La peli em va agradar molt, tot i que em desconcertà el retrat maniqueista dels personatges. De debó hi ha només 2 tipus de persones? la familia feliç i els desmanegats ? No se...
Over the years Mike Leigh has built up a body of work with similar, familial themes so in that sense his latest feature is nothing new. As ever, some of the characters are seemingly ludicrous but at the same time clearly based firmly in reality and will doubtless prove to be memorable additions to his already impressive canon. That this is identifiably Leigh's work but again is fresh and entertaining is testament to this true British legend's original talent.
Tom (Broadbent) and Gerri (Sheen) are the very picture of marital bliss and have bright and living son, Joe (Maltman). Orbiting this warm hub are satellites of sadness - Gerri's colleague Mary (Manville) and Ken (Wight), an old friend of Tom.…
Scott Pilgrim was my favorite Movie of 2010, but Another Year was the best film. Moving, touching, haunting, funny, sad, funny, endearing, quixotic, cute, brilliant, insightful, and sometimes awkward, it's a full spectrum of the human experience
Lesley Manville's performance will always be an all-time favorite of mine.
Why are some people happy and some people so sad in life? That's the chief concern of this film, although it doesn't actually try to provide any answers but rather allows the audience to get to know some characters. However, it's so understated, with hardly a plot to it, that it's rather boring, mainly consisting of lots of scenes of people drinking socially and saying dull things. The main couple's friends, especially Lesley Manville's incessantly chatting Mary, border on annoying (although this is intentional, I grant you). Imelda Staunton is a bright spot in the movie, although she's only in two scenes and is hardly a character. Also worthy of praise is Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen as the main…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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