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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…
There’s nothing more human and real than Mike Leigh’s evocative ensemble drama that is filled with powerfully understated performances and thoughtful, multi-layered writing. Another Year follows the lives of a close-knit family and their relationships with their colleagues and friends over the course of four seasons of the year. Leigh’s distinct directorial style of observing human condition and the nuances of the mundane are captured vividly and sincerely in the lives of his characters. No one looks, or sounds, and maybe feels out of place in the story, all of them are enmeshed in Leigh’s superb microcosm of family, hope and discontent.
Another Year seems to be a despairing film to watch because it feels monotonous and the characters seems…
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I always have this conflict around Mike Leigh film's. They are beautifully observed and beautifully acted, but is his eye for human weakness just a little too acute? Does he find too much to laugh at in his character's behaviour? It is a valid question for this film, where the less educated are also pretty stupid (when the film ventures north to Derby it uncovers two characters who are almost totally inarticulate). But actually the key strength of the film is in its picking away at a certain middle class smugness. Tom and Jerri are a kind, middle class couple who are also islands of happiness among a sea of the unfulfilled and discontented. The only other person who is vaguely content is their son, who is very pleased with himself indeed. And yet the longer the film runs the more their self satisfaction grates. Immaculately acted, and by, Leigh's standards, beautifully shot.
Leigh is a master of complex characters and nuanced relationships. Though bleaker than Happy-Go-Lucky, it's no less enjoyable.
Touching, eloquently acted, and, in its own way, very fucking scary.
Mike Leigh's style is extremely unique.
He enters his films with only a loose outline, writing the scenes with the actors through weeks of rehearsals. As a result of this, his movies always feel right. No decisions seem contrived or convoluted. His films all flow brilliantly and the performances are always coming from a very personal place, as all the actors are also uncredited writers, to an extent.
As a result of this method, Another Year is one of those movies that fucking breaks you. Whoever designed the box art for the DVD release (a flowery pink and white color scheme, adorned with unanimously smiling faces) must have a fantastic sense of humor. Despite the film's two protagonist's being in…
With so many towering films in his oeuvre, it is difficult for me to pick an absolute favourite Mike Leigh film, but Another Year is certainly in the conversation.
Jim Broadbent's Tom and Ruth Sheen's Gerri are the content and anchored buoy that tends to attract drifting souls in peril, with Lesley Manville's damaged and lonely Mary being a constant clinger for better or worse. With no real narrative trajectory other than the shifting seasons over the period of one year, we are privy to the lives of these weathered adults navigating the temperature shifts; from the warmth of friendship and hospitality to the icy winds of loss, loneliness and disappointment that touches everyone in one form or another.
Mike Leigh at the top of his game. Tragic character study of vulnerability and loneliness. Leslie Manville is nothing short of genius.
Once again, the singularly gifted Mike Leigh opens the door on ordinary English people and invites us simply to watch them live.
Another Year feels like a summation of so much of his work over the years.
He knows the kind of stories he's interested in telling and has mastered his way of telling them; cleanly, straightforwardly and with a great deal of subtlety.
As the title would suggest, Another Year charts four seasons in the life of a working class family and the people close to them.
The cast is small and the mechanics of the relationships on screen are faultless.
The characters we observe are not always likeable, not always hopeful or warm, but they all feel real…
Il cinema del quotidiano vivere sembra appartenere di diritto al regista britannico che con sensibile introspezione si divincola tra gli interstizi umorali, portando in superficie l'urgenza d'amore e d'affetto, indispensabili per l'equilibrio vitale. "Un altro anno" raccontato con il fluire delle stagioni, tra mangiate, bevute, sguardi e dissolvenze (insomma il cinema di Mike Leigh). I due protagonisti (un po' antipatici) sono il faro nella notte che ancora disperatamente alla vita i personaggi. Il film scorre senza una vera sceneggiatura, come la vita.
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