My annual favorites list. The old ones are now retired. All of these are films I've rated 5 stars, for…
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.
Mike Leigh ini paling jago mainin adegan yang melibatkan keadaan memalukan dalam sebuah situasi sosial. Sequence pemakamannya menurutku masterpiece sekali.
Between this and Happy Go Lucky, I like Mike Leigh's take on what this movie calls "the caring professions." The happy people in his films help the unhappy, but only with the latter's consent, and only through safely defined means. It's a little weird how all the happy people in this are in relationships and all the unhappy people are single.
I have been watching Mike Leigh films for over 25 years and I still don’t know what to make of them – more importantly, I still don’t know if I like them. And it continues with Another Year. There are scenes of brilliance: the opening with Janet (Imelda Staunton) and the doctor, then with Gerri (Ruth Sheen), the therapist; the scene with Gerri and Mary (Lesley Manville) at the pub; the scenes where Mary visits Gerri and Tom Jim Broadbent); the scenes when Ken (Peter Wight) visits; the scenes where Mary flirts with Joe (Oliver Maltman); the scenes where Mary tries to talk to Ronnie (David Bradley) – and that is a lot of the film...and I do think this…
In which Mike Leigh expands on everything good about Happy-Go-Lucky, makes it ten times more sophisticated, and Lesley Manville gives a performance for the ages. A masterpiece in humanity.
An intensely personal and intimate look at the minor players that exist in our lives and the significance of their own struggle. The film wrestles primarily with the idea of happiness. What is it about life that makes us happy and fulfilled? Is there a way to accept what we lack and move forward?
A stellar performance by Leslie Manville brings this to a whole other level. Honestly incredible and I loved every minute of it.
This is not normally the sort of movie I like to watch, but I was looking for inspirational movies this weekend, and this movie showed up on a list somewhere. I don't think it's inspirational... more thoughtful. We all make choices and sometimes we get in a rut and forget that we really are in charge of our own destiny. It seems like Mary has forgotten this. She is wrapped up in her own self-pity and creates drama to get attention. It's sad. We all know people like this. What I guess bothers me is that this family puts up with it. I understand the importance of empathy as well as the futility of helping someone who won't help themselves.…
Another typically somber film from Mike Leigh about a happily married couple whose stability and contentment is a magnet for every dysfunctional and desperately unhappy person in their lives.
Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen are the married couple, and both, but Sheen especially, give wonderful performances. Sheen is a therapist, and an unhinged woman (Lesley Manville) who works in her office attaches herself to her like a leech, popping over for dinner, making desperate plays for her grown son and pretty much refusing to acknowledge when she's overstayed her welcome. If the movie is "about" any single character in Leigh's ensemble, it's about her, but really, like Leigh's last outing, "Happy-Go-Lucky," the film is more about the elusive specter of…
the final shot of this hurts my soul
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